Lofgren: Election Security Funding Welcome Second Installment, But More Needs to Be Done

December 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairperson of the Committee on House Administration Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif) issued the following statement regarding $425 million in election security grants included in the annual appropriations bill:

“Every voter should have confidence that their ballot will be counted as it was cast, without interference,” said Lofgren. “The $425 million included in this year’s spending package is a welcome second installment toward securing our nation’s election infrastructure, but more can and should be done. The Committee on House Administration will continue working to provide states with the resources they need in the run-up to the 2020 election and beyond, including strong statutory language to ensure the funds set aside to preserve our elections are spent responsibility.”

In June, the House of Representatives passed legislation authored by Lofgren authorizing $600 million in election security grants for states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, support hiring IT staff, cybersecurity training, security and risk vulnerability assessments, as well as other activities to secure election infrastructure. The SAFE Act additionally authorized $175 million in biennial funding to maintain state election infrastructure and includes strong statutory language to ensure federal funding is spent on election security upgrades.

In March, the House passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, which authorized $1 billion in election security grant funding.