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Secretary of state awards grants for elections security

May 19, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says every Rhode Island municipality is getting money to strengthen the security of voting systems and improve election processes.

The Democrat says $100,000 is being divided among the municipalities.

Congress allocated $380 million nationwide to strengthen voting systems amid ongoing threats from Russia and others. Rhode Island received $3 million.

Gorbea’s office convened a task force to determine how to spend the money. Cities and towns will receive a grant based on the number of voters who cast ballots in the 2018 general election, with a minimum grant of $1,000.

Grants must be used to buy equipment, systems or technology to improve the administration or security of local elections. Officials must submit a project description.

Gorbea says the security of elections is fundamental to democracy.

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