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
States have until September 30, 2024 to request their funds and get the money in their accounts, after which time any funds remaining at EAC will automatically be returned to the U.S. Treasury.
Awards will be made to the entities eligible to receive federal assistance under Title I of HAVA, which includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. States may re-grant/distribute funds to local election districts/offices at their discretion.
States are anticipated to receive grant award notification letters from the EAC in early Spring 2020. States will be asked to submit a narrative overview of activities to be supported with the funds and a line item budget within 90 days of receiving their Notice of Grant Awards. Detailed guidance on development of the plans and budgets will be forthcoming.
Up to $425,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY 2020. Funds are allocated based on the voting age population formula. State allocations will be announced in the coming weeks. States are required to match 20 percent of funds awarded within two years of receiving federal support.