The 2020 election was very unique - not only was it the first presidential election after a cyber interference campaign by the Russian government, but it happened in the middle of a global pandemic. To support the state and local governments that manage elections, the US Congress appropriated $400M through the CARES Act to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) fund. States were required to put up a 20% match, submit plans for the funds' use, and provide regular updates to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on the funds. You can view each states' individual reports here.
But now it is 2021, the elections are over, new elected officials have assumed their offices, and we are all (understandably!) a bit weary of election talk. Here's why you should still be focused on elections.
The Election Cycle Never Ends
US intelligence agencies have asserted Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and other malicious actors are already working to influence and interfere with the 2022 elections.
The US Congress and state legislatures around the country are considering legislation making more changes to elections laws than at any time in the past 50 years.
Disinformation about voter fraud and "irregularities" is higher than ever driving continued and longer lasting discussions about election security.
The 2021 + 2022 Election Cycle
Here's a look at the elections upcoming in 2021 and 2022:
US House of Representatives - 5 seats in 2021 and all seats in 2022
US Senate - 34 seats in 2022
Gubernatorial - 2 seats in 2021 and 39 seats in 2022
Thousands of local elections
HAVA Funding Remains
There are still millions in unspent federal and state expenditures remaining from the CARES Act appropriations. These funds can be used on IT products and services to support elections to prepare for future elections. Preparation, early action, and vendor support will help officials understand HAVA funds and prepare for future elections.