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Jaeger: Use $3 million in federal election money for new voting systems

Secretary of State's office

The state of North Dakota has received $3 million from the Federal Election Assistance Commission.

The money was approved by Congress. It can be used for such things as election security or new voting systems.  

Secretary of State Al Jaeger said for North Dakota, he will be asking the 2019 Legislature to use that money to upgrade North Dakota’s voting system.

"From a cyber-security standpoint, the state's been right up to snuff for a long time," Jaeger told the state Emergency Commission. "We don't need to take any of this money and devote it toward cyber-security. That's covered."

Jaeger said the state's Information Technology department has done a great job in keeping systems secure.

Last session, Jaeger asked for money to replace the voting systems, which date back to the mid-2000s, using outdated software. But the Legislature turned down the request.

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