Nebraska will receive a $3.5 million grant from the federal government to upgrade election security systems for the November elections and beyond.
Secretary of State John Gale says that while Nebraska’s elections are fair and accurate, there are still plenty of electronic features of the election system that require upgrades or need to be replaced altogether.
“These are the features that we are concerned about protecting” says Gale. He lists the state’s online voter registration system and malfunctioning ballot counting machines as an examples.
Other planned uses for the funding include the giving staffers two-party authentication tokens as well as security training.
While the grant will help the state tackle many security challenges, Gale notes the problem of state election security extends beyond the next few election cycles. He says soon lawmakers will need to start thinking about how election will look like in the future and what protections they’ll need.
“The legislature really has to step up and face the question of how are we going to fund the next generation of election equipment?” says Gale.