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State's in line for $5M share of vote funds


U.S. program’s grants aim to help update election gear


By Michael R. Wickline
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas is eligible for about $5 million in funds from the federal Help America Vote Act program, state and federal officials said this week.

These funds are included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20. The act provides $425 million to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to make grant payments to states using the voting-age population formula in the Help America Vote Act, according to the commission.

The funds will provide states with additional resources to secure and improve election administration, the commission said on its website.

"We've not received anything official from the [Election Assistance Commission] just yet, however, they have published projected amounts by state," said Chris Powell, spokesman for Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston. READ MORE.

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