Texas Continues To Beef-Up Election Security Efforts

Chris Fox
January 22, 2020 - 8:06 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The State House Elections Committee heard from Keith Ingram, the Director of Elections for the Secretary of State’s office.

Ingram told lawmakers they’re working closely with the counties ahead of the November election. “We’ve created an election toolkit that provides guides and templates for all the policies and procedures that we’ve identified as critical for election security. We’ve hired two election security trainers to work directly with county election offices to implement and develop their own plans and procedures using our election toolkit or whatever the county would like to use.”

More than $24 million in federal money has also made it possible for the Secretary of State’s office to be more proactive in ensuring the county's election infrastructure is secure.

“What we’re doing now with the one-time money that we got from the Federal Government in 2018 is assessing the counties, and then we’re paying to get them up to a baseline. So that’s one-shot money for a one-time thing,” Ingram told lawmakers.

So far the Secretary of State’s office has completed 68 county assessments with 8 currently underway and about 170 scheduled to occur before the end of the summer.

According to Ingram Newton and San Saba counties have refused to undergo the state assessment.