Survey to Obtain Public Feedback Related to Elections Security Funding Plans

In March 2018, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) received a $6,978,318 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant award to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, which includes technology enhancements and election security improvements to its systems, equipment, and processes used in federal elections.  On April 24, 2018, the WEC received confirmation from the State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration that the funds were accepted.

The WEC took a two-tiered approach to allocating this grant award.  The first tier was identifying and addressing specific matters that required immediate action.  As a result, and given the additional financial resources, the WEC boosted our election security infrastructure by hiring additional staff, implemented and improved technical controls to secure access to our voter management system and other critical systems, initiated a robust election security training program, and established and continue to maintain relationships with key election security partners, including and not limited to, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Wisconsin National Guard, the Wisconsin Department of Enterprise Technology (DET), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis center (EI-ISAC), county clerks, and municipal clerks.

With the above referenced election security initiatives in place and in progress, the second tier of the WEC’s plan includes soliciting feedback from key election security partners and members of the public on how to best spend some of the HAVA election security grant award.  To help ensure elections remain secure in the State of Wisconsin, and keeping in mind the WEC’s fiscal responsibility to remain prudent and reserve some funds for potential future security related expenses, we created this survey to provide opportunity for feedback and to collect responses related to election security spending in 2019 and leading into our 2020 election cycle.

Please submit your response no later than November 4, 2018.

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* 1. How do you think the WEC can best use the grant funds to continue to improve and enhance election security beyond 2018?

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* 2. If your own words, how would you like to see the WEC spend the grant funds, to help ensure elections remain safe in the State of Wisconsin beyond 2018 (this field provides for a response up to 1,500 characters)?

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* 3. Name (optional)

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* 4. Contact Information (optional)

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* 5. Where are you from (municipality, county, or state)?

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