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Election officials approve grants for voting upgrades

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CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — West Virginia election officials have approved more than $6.5 million in federal grants to make upgrades to voting equipment and security across the state.

Donald Kersey is the election division director for the Secretary of State’s Office. He told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the funds will be used in 41 counties to upgrade or replace voting systems, to upgrade cybersecurity and to improve physical security where voting machines are stored.

 

He said 26 counties will use at least part of the funding to upgrade voting systems, 24 counties plan to upgrade cybersecurity systems and 17 counties plan to improve physical security.

 

 



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