Hours after Virginia’s highest law enforcement officer warned Congress of continued and “persistent threats to our election systems,” state officials could not confirm how much Richmond has spent on Virginia’s election security.
Virginia received a $9 million grant from the federal government in June 2018 – an investment designed to improve election security in the face of threats from Russia and malicious cyber actors.
Yet after months of information requests from WUSA9, the Virginia Department of Elections failed to produce specific dollar amounts or current allocations for the federal funds.
The latest online public documents report $0 of $9 million spent as of October 2018, with no recent 2019 filings available.
In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and 21 other state attorneys general asked for more election security funding, as well as bipartisan election security legislation.
“Fair and free elections are the foundation of our democracy and we must do everything in our power to protect them from outside interference,” Herring said Tuesday.
“It is imperative that Congress takes every precaution necessary to make sure that what happened in the 2016 election, when Russian hackers infiltrated state and local elections, never happens again.”
Under Virginia’s proposed arrangement for the subsidizing, about $6 million will be in the end coordinated towards new digital security activities.
Virginia Elections Commissioner Christopher E. Flute player delineated a top need for the government concedes – to verify the state’s race systems and ensure access to its delicate PC frameworks.
In spite of the fact that Virginia casting a ballot machines don’t have direct associations with the web, concerns have developed that programmers could endeavor to modify vote aggregates once the numbers are submitted to the state.
No government dollars are made arrangements for new Virginia casting a ballot corner gear, and no spending dates other than the allow’s start and end are made accessible in open records.