TALLAHASSEE — Two area counties are among 55 across the state that were recently approved for election security grants.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced the redistribution of unexpended funds to the state’s Supervisors of Elections, leading 55 grant approvals for a total amount of $2,343,395.

Of those 55 counties within the state, Hamilton County and Lafayette County received money through the grants.

“I want to thank Governor Ron DeSantis for supporting the redistribution of the $2.3 million in funds to Supervisors of Elections for election security,” Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee said in a release announcing the grant approvals. “I commend Supervisors of Elections for working quickly to submit their grant applications so that the Department could approve the funding in a very short time frame.”

Hamilton County is receiving $5,283 through the grant. Hamilton Supervisor of Elections Laura Hutto said that was money originally awarded her office last year but with only a four-month window to utilize the funds, there was money leftover that was sent back to the state.

Lafayette County received $458 that Supervisor of Elections Travis Hart said will be used for reimbursements for purchases that were made towards election security.

This past session, the Florida Legislature budgeted an additional $2.8 million for election security that will be available in the upcoming fiscal year for a total of $5.1 million in total for election security as the states moves into the 2020 cycle.

“Florida’s Supervisors of Elections are extremely thankful to have the $2.3 million in funding made available again thanks to the support of Governor DeSantis,” said Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections President Tammy Jones in the release. “We share the Governor’s and Secretary Lee’s commitment to election security and we will continue to do all that we can to protect our elections from cyber threats.”

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