New federal grants aimed to support elections. Many voting officials didn’t see a dime

Elections in the United States are chronically underfunded. It’s one of the few things voting officials across the political spectrum agree on. In Kentucky, for instance, Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams said before he came into office in 2020, the state had not adjusted how much it gave to counties to support elections since the 1980s. “We had election equipment that was nearing decertification,” Adams said. “We weren’t able to do the most basic things, like recounts.” Miles Parks, NPR.

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