A - Primarily intended to fund technology
Indiana Secretary of State
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 Indiana Secretary of State will use the funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, for the 2020 Federal election cycle. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana plans to address the potential coronavirus threats by minimizing direct contact among Hoosier voters and election staff, educating poll workers on sanitation best practices, and ensuring polling locations are supplied with the necessary personal protective equipment, all while maintaining the highest standard of election security.
To minimize direct contact, Indiana has already implemented no-excuse absentee by mail voting for the June Primary Election. In doing so, Indiana expects to incur costs related to an increase in absentee ballots, including the cost of ballot printing and additional envelopes and postage. Counties may require additional staff to support these absentee ballot mailing and counting functions.
Indiana will conduct in-person early voting and in-person Election Day voting. To ensure poll workers and voters are protected, Indiana expects to incur costs related to additional poll worker education that covers correct sanitation practices and training on election equipment disinfecting.
To protect polling and central count locations, Indiana will incur costs to supply staff with the necessary personal protective equipment. Indiana expects to receive 4,400 gallons of hand sanitizer and 7,200 refillable dispenser bottles. Indiana has already procured 300,000 pairs of disposable gloves and 200,000 ear loop face masks for staff, and 100,000 microfiber disinfectant cloths and 5,000 spray bottles for voting machine sanitation. These materials will be distributed to counties. Additionally, Indiana has been deliberate not to solicit vendors supplying critical care needs or interfere with these supply chains.
During times of uncertainty and with several changes to routine election procedures, it is imperative to maintain voter confidence. Indiana will incur media costs to advertise new election dates and voting guidelines.
The Indiana 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 Indiana. States may re-grant/distribute funds to local election districts/offices at their discretion.
The Indiana Secretary of State was to submit an application to the US Election Commission in January 2020. For information regarding local deadlines, contact the Secretary of State's Office at (317) 232-6531.
The FY20 allocation to the State of Indiana is $8,013,610. 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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