SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Money awarded to New Mexico through the federal Help America Vote Act will go toward replacing equipment at clerk's offices around the state and making other improvements to protect against security vulnerabilities.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Friday detailed how the funding will be used. New Mexico was awarded nearly $3.7 million earlier this year.

The Secretary of State's Office also says it intends to maintain a cyber incident communications plan and evaluate the feasibility of including regular table-top exercises for practice and preparation.

Risk assessments also will be done to highlight any security vulnerabilities at the county level. Officials say that will help focus resources where they're needed most.

Officials say improvements will be made ahead of the November general election.