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Montana to use federal grant to upgrade voter registration

September 21, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana plans to upgrade the hardware and software used in the state’s voter registration system using just over $2 million of a $3 million federal grant.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says his office is working with counties to choose a replacement system that could be online by the end of 2019. Montana Public Radio reports the state’s voter registration system is over a decade old.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports about $750,000 will go to counties to replace aging election equipment and the rest will be used to enhance election security, including a security position in the secretary of state’s office.

The work will be funded through Montana’s share of $380 million in grants given through the Help America Vote Act.

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