Election Security Grants Under the CARES Act

The recently-enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) created a process for the states to obtain election security grants.

The Act allocated $400 million to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (“EAC”) to make payments to states to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus impacts on the 2020 federal election cycle. The guidance surrounding the various requirements of the Act—including implementing the Matching Requirement—has confused some state election officials.

We created the below explainer to discuss the permissible uses of this grant by states and the framework for funds in more detail.