HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT Election Security Grant Fund
On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Consolidated
Appropriations Act of 2018 was signed into law. The Act included $380 million
in grants to states for the purpose of enhancing technology and making certain
election security improvements.
Pennsylvania’s share of this federal funding is
$13,476,156. An additional 5% match or $673,808 from state funds brought the
total amount of the award to $14.1 million.
On May 22, 2018, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth
Robert Torres notified the Election Assistance Commission that Pennsylvania
intended to distribute its share of grant funds to the counties for the purpose
of upgrading to more secure, more resilient and more auditable voting systems.
On July 10, 2018, Acting Secretary Torres submitted to
the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Pennsylvania’s program description and
budget for distributing the grant funds to the counties.