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2020 HAVA Election Security Funds (Illinois)
A - Primarily intended to fund technology
Illinois State Board of Elections
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 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.
History of Funding
None is available.
The Illinois State Board of Elections will use the funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, for the 2020 Federal election cycle. To address the effects of the coronavirus on the election the Board intends to make funds available to the local election officials (election authorities”) who actually conduct the elections in Illinois. Based on feedback the Board received, their needs appear to include additional tabulating equipment to handle an expected increase in Vote by Mail balloting (VBM), particularly central count tabulators, increased staffing to handle the sending out and receiving of the applications/ballots, a greater number of supplies such as applications, ballots, envelopes, etc. increased postage costs related to the expansion of VBM, additional costs related to establishing vote centers to replace polling places that would likely be unavailable (eg: nursing home facilities, assisted care facilities, etc.), increased pay to attract more election judges, as persons who have traditionally served as such may not be inclined to serve in future elections out of fear of infection. Election authorities have also requested supplies to keep the polling places and election equipment germ free such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and PPEs such as gloves, masks, etc. The State Board of
Elections may use some of the funds to cover the costs of a PR campaign to encourage vote by mail, costs related to additional testing of the anticipated influx of new voting systems, and any additional expenses needed to protect the SBE offices and staff from infection.
The Illinois State Board of Elections is the only entity eligible to apply to US Election Security Commission for HAVA funds. Funds are then awarded to state agencies in Illinois. States may re-grant/distribute funds to local election districts/offices at their discretion.
The Illinois State Board of Elections is to submit an application to the US Election Commission in January 2020. For information regarding local deadlines, contact the State Board at (217)782-4141 or email@example.com.
The FY20 allocation to the State of Illinois is $13,966,097.00. 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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