Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Offering Up to $15,000 to Help Counties Secure Voting Systems

Sen. Dean Burke (R – Bainbridge) announced that the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is offering up to $15,000 in grants to help county election offices enhance the security of Georgia’s new paper-ballot system.

The federal dollars supplied by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) will serve to reimburse matching grants that counties can apply for. This will help local officials who run elections have additional resources to complement the ballot-marking devices, scanners, ballot boxes, poll pads and other equipment.

“This is a great opportunity to ensure the successful implementation of the new paper-ballot system the state authorized and funded,” said Sen. Burke. “Voting is a right and a privilege, and this system will help protect your vote against hacking, tampering and malfunctions.”

Local officials can apply by emailing grants@sos.ga.gov and should include the following:

 

  • Name of the county;
  • Amount of the grant requested;
  • Use of funds, including type of equipment, software, construction and quantity (if applicable);
  • Notation of which program is being requested: Security, Accessibility, Privacy, and/or General Implementation;
  • Narrative explanation of what was purchased;
  • Attached receipts to show proof of expenditure;
  • Signature and attestation of the grant requestor; and
  • Date of the application.

 

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2020. To learn more about the paper-ballot system, please visit https://securevotega.com/.

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