Montana to Distribute Money to Upgrade Voting Equipment
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Secretary of State's Office has decided how to distribute $750,000 in federal grant money to upgrade voting equipment across the state's 56 counties.
A statement by Secretary Corey Stapleton on Tuesday shows the amount of each sub-grant will range from $3,500 for the smallest counties to $33,527 for Lewis and Clark County.
Stapleton says the money will help counties buy new voting machines for people with disabilities. Every polling place is required to have at least one, and each costs at least $3,500.
Montana received $3 million total from the federal government to improve its election system and security. Most of the money, $2 million, was earmarked for a new voter registration system.
Another $150,000 is going toward information technology security and $100,000 went toward the state's election supervisor's salary.