INDIANAPOLIS — The secretary of state's office officially has requested the nearly $7.6 million allocated to Indiana by the federal government to pay for election security improvements.
Indiana was among just 11 states that as of last week had not filed the paperwork necessary to obtain the Help America Vote Act funds.
The Indiana delay was due to a bureaucratic issue involving the federal government's payment system, according to the secretary of state's office.
Spokeswoman Valerie Warycha said Monday that the federal System for Award Management issue has since been resolved, and Indiana soon should receive its share of the $380 million appropriated in March by Congress to enhance election security nationwide.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission said the money can be used to purchase voting equipment that includes a voter-verified paper record, to develop a post-election audit system, address cyber vulnerabilities of election technology and implement cybersecurity best practices, among other purposes.