Majority Leader McConnell Announces Funding to Modernize State Election Systems to Combat Interference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Senate approved $425 million for states to enhance their voting systems. Kentucky is expected to receive more than $6 million of that funding, which is included in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement. The measure now goes to President Trump for his signature.

“Preserving the integrity of our elections is vital for the security and future of our country, and I’m determined to continue to provide Kentucky and all states with the resources they need to protect the ballot box,” said Senator McConnell. “Working with the Trump administration—which helped make the past two elections a success—we’re bolstering the work of states and localities as they modernize and safeguard their systems.”

“I want to thank Senate Majority Leader McConnell for his efforts to help provide Kentucky with welcome resources to continue to improve our election systems, keeping them fair and secure,” said Kentucky Secretary of State-Elect Michael Adams. “His commitment to getting states the money they need without Washington mandates will help ensure that the people of Kentucky remain in charge of our elections and their results.”

Senator McConnell has a long and strong record of fighting for fair and effective voting procedures, from co-authoring the Help America Vote Act to supporting $380 million for states for election security for the 2018 midterm election (Kentucky received nearly $6 million). This year, the Senate – under Senator McConnell’s leadership -- already passed nearly a dozen other bipartisan measures to help secure elections. Since Fiscal Year 2018, Senator McConnell has secured more than $12 million in funding for Kentucky to support election security.