FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Kelly Monroe, investigator with the Georgia Secretary of State office, left, takes a look at a new voting machine that produces a paper record being tested at a polling site in Conyers, Ga. States have quickly tapped into $380 million from the federal government to help them shore up their election systems. A report released Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says the largest chunk will be used to improve cybersecurity in 41 states and territories. More than a quarter of the money will go to buy new voting equipment. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

States move quickly to tap into money for election security

August 21, 2018 - 8:03 am

ATLANTA (AP) — States have quickly tapped into $380 million from the federal government to help them shore up their election systems.

A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says the largest chunk — roughly 36 percent — will be used to improve cybersecurity in 41 states and territories. More than a quarter of the money will go to buy new voting equipment.

States have been scrambling to increase cybersecurity, upgrade voting systems and provide training to local election officials since it was revealed that Russian hackers targeted election systems ahead of the 2016 election.

The nation's intelligence chiefs have been warning of the ongoing threat of Russian interference in this year's midterms.

Congress approved the money last spring and required states to provide a 5 percent match.

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