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Utah is one of a number of states getting grant money to make election security better
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Utah gets $4.1M in grant money to fortify election systems

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Kelly Monroe, investigator with the Georgia Secretary of State office, left, takes a look at a new voting machine that produces a paper record being tested at a polling site in Conyers, Ga. States have quickly tapped into $380 million from the federal government to help them shore up their election systems. A report released Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says the largest chunk will be used to improve cybersecurity in 41 states and territories. More than a quarter of the money will go to buy new voting equipment. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state of Utah will use $4.1 million in federal grant money to help buy new voting equipment, replace the state’s voter registration database and to train county and state officials on new election security measures.

A report released Tuesday shows states around the country are moving quickly to tap their shares of the $380 million program to strengthen voting systems.

The largest chunk will go toward improving cybersecurity in 41 states and territories.

In Utah, improving security is high on the list of reasons why officials are dedicating $2.3 million toward overhauling the voter database. Another $600,000 will go security training and digital monitoring.

Nationally, a quarter of the money will go to buy new voting equipment. Utah is also spending $1.4 million to help counties upgrade aging hardware.

 

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