In its year-end spending deal, Congress set aside $425 million for election security, representing a compromise between the $600 million the House of Representatives wanted and the $250 million the Senate budgeted.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, in urging Congress to pass the package, said that the money, “combined with a 20% state match ... adds up to $510 million to help states secure elections.”
Tiffany Parker, the La Plata County Clerk & Recorder and incoming president of the Colorado County Clerks Association, said that the funding is “vital” to preserving the work the state has already done on election security.
“The deal includes a requirement for states to match the funding at 20% and we urge the state legislature to act on this quickly to enable money go directly to counties to enhance and maintain county infrastructure,” she said.
In November, the clerks association wrote to the U.S. Senate asking for funding, saying that the money would help state and local officials be “prepared for threats and lessons learned from past elections and heed the warnings of experts.”
NPR reports that the money may be coming too late to have much effect on the administration of the 2020 election.