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2023 HAVA Election Security Funds (Arkansas)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Arkansas Secretary of State


    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 provides payments to states for activities to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including to enhance election technology and make election security improvements.

    Consistent with the requirements of HAVA, states may use this funding to

    • Replace voting equipment that only records a voter's intent electronically with equipment that utilizes a voter verified paper record;
    • Implement a post-election audit system that provides a high level of confidence in the accuracy of the final vote tally;
    • Upgrade election ­related computer systems to address cyber vulnerabilities identified through Department of Homeland Security, or similar scans or assessments of, existing election systems;
    • Facilitate cybersecurity training for the state chief election official's office and local election officials;
    • Implement established cybersecurity best practices for election systems; and
    • Fund other activities that will improve the security of elections for Federal office, including physical security services and social media threat monitoring.

    History of Funding

    The FY22 allocation to the state of Arkansas was $1,000,000.

    Additional Information

    The grant project period begins when EAC awards appropriated funds to the states and ends when the state expends all federal and required state match funds, interest earned on the federal and state funds and any program income earned under the grant. The Notice of Grant Award issued by the EAC will identify the project period for each grant.

    In Arkansas, the program narrative and budget for the 2023 HAVA Election was apportioned in six (6) categories, as follows:

    • Voting Equipment Replacement and Upgrades

    • Voting Registration Systems and Management

    • Cyber Vulnerabilities

    • Training

    • Communication

    • Other


    Arkansas Division of Elections

    Arkansas Division of Elections

    (800) 482-1127

  • Eligibility Details

    The Arkansas Secretary of State is the only entity eligible to apply to US Election Security Commission for HAVA funds. Funds are then awarded to state agencies in Arkansas. States may re-grant/distribute funds to local election districts/offices at their discretion.

    Deadline Details

    For information regarding local deadlines, contact the Arkansas Elections Division at (800) 482-1127 or electionsemail@sos.arkansas.gov

    Award Details

    The FY23 allocation to the state of Arkansas is $1,000,000. Funds are allocated based on the voting age population formula. States are required to match 20 percent of funds awarded within two years of receiving federal support.

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