CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner today announced that the state will receive $3.6 million to help ensure secure elections in West Virginia. As chair of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Capito secured this funding in the omnibus government funding bill that Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed last week.
“Preserving the integrity of our electoral system is critical to our democracy,” Senator Capito said. “That’s why we provided millions of dollars in the recent government funding bill for states to replace voting equipment, upgrade systems, and improve training. These critical resources will help ensure that West Virginians’ voices are heard when they go to the polls and that all our elections are fair and protected from outside influences."
“Today’s elections require a partnership between federal, state and local governments to ensure that every vote counts and public confidence in the process remains solid,” Secretary Warner said. “We’re very appreciative of Senator Capito’s continued efforts to ensure appropriate funding to West Virginia election officials to provide secure elections for every voter.”
The FY2018 omnibus government funding bill passed by Congress last week includes $380 million under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Grant Program. Of those resources, West Virginia will receive $3,611,943. Senator Capito oversees funding for this program and chair of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.
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