The federal government allocated $380 million to protect and improve election system security. In a June 24 House Oversight Committee hearing, officials and House Democrats made the case for a few dollars more. Thomas Hicks, commissioner of the Election Assistance Commission, confirmed that $335 million of the $380 million in the omnibus spending bill passed in March earmarked for election security assistance has been dispersed to states and that 100 percent of the funds have been requested. The remaining $45 million is expected to be distributed by next month.
In line with congressional guidance, Hicks said those grants were largely used by states to purchase new voting systems, update voter registration systems and implement post-election audits.
New Mexico Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver rejected the notion that the $380 million dispersed through the 2018 omnibus was sufficient, noting that none of the states that rely in whole or in part on paperless voting machines received enough money to replace them. An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice earlier this year largely corroborates that sentiment.
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