Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced on Monday that her office will conduct training to prepare county clerks for “worst-case scenarios” in elections administration.
Known as Election Preparedness for Infrastructure and Cybersecurity training, the sessions have taken place in the past and been referred to as “war games, election style.”
Participants discuss and review scenarios to ensure preparedness for issues that could surface ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Griswold’s office said the exercise, which will take place in a classroom setting in Colorado Springs on Jan. 22, is one of the few that takes place in the U.S.
In 2018, participants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the National Association of Secretaries of State attended a similar training. That event involved 167 county representatives, 64 moderators, 41 observers and 15 support staff. Exercises covered cybersecurity and physical security dilemmas.
From April to September 2018, Colorado spent over $211,124 in federal election assistance funding on post-election audit training, and an additional $99,000 for its exercise.
Iowa, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio were the only other states to use their share of federal grants for similar sessions.