On August 21, 2018, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released the majority of state and territorial budget plans for spending the recently appropriated $380 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds. Common spending trends include acquisition or upgrades to voting and registration systems, election auditing, multi-factor authentication, security training, security assessments, and the hiring of new temporary or permanent personnel. For a breakdown of how Rhode Island is using the newly allocated HAVA funds, please click here.
To read all state and territory narratives and budgets released today, click here.
Ensuring and Securing Your Vote: info from the Department of Homeland Security, the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Associations of State Election Directors.
Mail Ballot Process
Ballots are cast by mail in every State, however, the management of absentee voting and vote by mail varies throughout the nation, based on State law. Click here to learn details of how the mail ballot process is conducted in Rhode Island.