Election Security: States' Spending of FY2018 HAVA Payments [Updated March 12, 2020] [open pdf - 580KB]
From the Document: "State and local systems have been targeted as part of efforts to interfere with U.S. elections, according to the U.S. intelligence community. Congress has responded to such threats, in part, with funding. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141) included $380 million for payments to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (referred to hereinafter as 'states') under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA; 52 U.S.C. §§20901-21145), and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-93) provided $425 million for payments to those jurisdictions and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This In Focus provides an overview of states' spending of the FY2018 HAVA payments. It starts by summarizing how states have proposed and reported using the funds and then introduces some issues related to the timing of state spending and reporting."
CRS In Focus, IF11356
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/