Governments are not just looking to technology, process changes and greater voter education to improve security. The law is playing a role as well.

New legislation aimed at providing better security for elections is cropping up in states and counties, and on a federal level. Here is a selection of legislative bills that are related to elections.

  • The 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law No. 115-141), approved in March, is aimed at providing assistance to state governments by “allocating $380 million to the Elections Assistance Commission to make payments to states for activities to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including the enhancement of election technology and making election security improvements,” according to Matt Shabat, U.S. strategy manager for Glasswall Solutions and a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cybersecurity official. The Elections Assistance Commission reported in July 2018 that within four months of the law’s enactment, eligible states and territories had requested 100 percent of the appropriated funds, Shabat adds.

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