Despite Concerns About Election Security, 'Vulnerabilities Abound'
Last year, Congress devoted $380 million for grants to states to bolster election security. Secretaries of state and outside groups are now pressing Congress to send more as part of a stopgap spending bill. The House has approved $600 million in additional spending, while a Senate committee approved $250 million in July. “There needs to be a lot more federal money, because I don’t think the states on their own will come up with it,” said Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, senior adviser on foreign interference and online threats at the Campaign Legal Center. Disputes between different levels of government — federal, state and county — about who should pay for election upgrades are nothing new. But they’ve taken on new urgency ahead of the 2020 election, when additional foreign interference is almost assured.
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