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September 28, 2023

Dear Member of Congress,

As organizations and election officials deeply committed to safeguarding and expanding voting access, we are writing to urge your leadership in preserving the $75 million currently allocated for Election Security Grants in the Senate Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. Protecting this $75 million appropriation is one of the most critical voting rights priorities for the 118th Congress. With changing laws in state legislatures across the country, including restrictions on nonprofit support and limiting local tax revenue, elections offices are left with limited options to meet urgent gaps in equipment, personnel, and facilities.

We commend Congress’s efforts in securing last year’s $75 million allocation, which has played a pivotal role in addressing the needs of voters across the nation. However, the challenges we face moving into an election year require a more substantial and sustained investment to ensure that all Americans can exercise their fundamental right to vote.

Election officials in every state encounter a multitude of challenges each electoral cycle, demanding substantial financial resources. These challenges encompass navigating a dynamic landscape of cybersecurity threats, modernizing voting equipment to eliminate technical issues and ensure accurate result tabulation, continuous improvements to voter registration systems for precise voter rolls, and comprehensive training and education for election staff, poll workers, and the public.

When election administration is not adequately resourced, the core functions of our elections and the democratic process are threatened, as is the ability of large numbers of voters to participate. Frontline election workers who keep our democracy running year in and year out are unable to serve their communities, and voters, especially voters of color and those in low-income communities, risk disenfranchisement. Inadequate funding of election offices can cause long lines, delays in processing voter registrations or mail ballots, and other problems that can become insurmountable for significant numbers of would-be voters.

Given the critical nature of these needs, we strongly urge your support in preserving the $75 million allocated for election infrastructure in the Senate FSGG Fiscal Year 2024 bill. As we approach the 2024 presidential election cycle, we cannot afford to reduce funding for election offices and put at risk the cornerstone of our democracy.

In the next appropriations process, we urge you to match the level of Federal investment in the last Presidential Election of $825 million in HAVA Security Grants, with two-thirds of the funding going directly to local elections offices. A study by MIT’s Election Lab found that ensuring the integrity and accessibility of our elections requires an investment of $50 billion over 10 years. The amount of $75 million over the past few budgets is a good start but far more is needed if we are to successfully prepare critical election infrastructure for the challenges ahead. We also urge you to include a requirement that a certain portion of future funding allocations be passed through directly to localities, where a good deal of election administration takes place, to ensure these frontline democracy workers have the resources they need to run safe, secure, and modern elections.

We understand that federal resources are limited and face competing demands, but funding our election infrastructure is an investment in every facet of our lives; federal funding for elections will bolster voter confidence, ensure that every citizen’s voice is heard, and safeguard the integrity of our electoral process– all essential ingredients in a healthy democracy.

Thank you for your dedication to our democracy. We appreciate your consideration of this crucial request.






All Voting is Local Action

American Civil Liberties Union

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

American Oversight

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Blue Future

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Business for America

California Environmental Voters

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Common Ground

Center for Popular Democracy

Center for Tech and Civic Life

Chispa LCV

Church World Service

Civic Nebraska

Clean Elections Texas

Clean Water Action

Coalition on Human Needs

Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

Conservation Colorado

Conservation Voters for Idaho

Conservation Voters of PA

Declaration for American Democracy Coalition

Democracy 21

Democracy SENTRY

Elections Infrastructure Initiative


End Citizens United//Let America Vote Action Fund

Endangered Species Coalition

Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund

Fair Elections Center

Fair Fight Action


Faith in Public Life Action

Fix Democracy First

Franciscan Justice Leadership Conference

Friends Committee On National Legislation

Georgia Conservation Voters

Get Money Out – Maryland

Greenpeace USA

Illinois Environmental Council

Indiana Conservation Voters


Indivisible Santa Fe

Interfaith Alliance

Interfaith Power & Light

Issue One

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Kent Street Coalition

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters of the United States

Licking County Board of Elections

Maine Conservation Voters

Missouri Voter Protection Coalition

Movement Advancement Project


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

NALEO Educational Fund

National Action Network

National Council of Churches

National Council of Jewish Women

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

National Education Association

National Voter Corps

Nevada Conservation League

New Hampshire Campaign for Voting Rights

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters

New York League of Conservation Voters

NextGen America

Ohio Association of Election Officials

Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

OSET Institute, Inc.

Partnership for Large Election Jurisdictions

People Power United

Progressive Democrats of America

Project On Government Oversight

Protect Democracy

Public Citizen

Public Wise

Secure Elections Network



Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund

Stand Up America

The Alaska Center

The Episcopal Church

The Sierra Club

The Workers Circle

Union for Reform Judaism

Union of Concerned Scientists

United Church of Christ, Justice and Local Church Ministries

Verified Voting

Vermont Conservation Voters

Voices for Progress

Voters Rights and Protection Taskforce

Voto Latino

Washington Conservation Action

We The Veterans

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice

Local Elected Officials

Tim Arsenault, Town Clerk, Vernon, Vermont

Dawn Behem, Clerk, Riley Township, Michigan

Juli Briskman, Supervisor, Loudoun, Virginia

Krissi Brott, City Clerk, City of Greenville, Michigan

Bill Burgess, Deputy City Clerk, City of Romulus, Michigan

Robin Cleveland, Township Clerk, Williamstown Township, Michigan

Kristin Connelly, Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Contra Costa County, California

Erica Eklov, City Clerk, City of Three Rivers, Michigan

Susan Esmond, City Clerk, City of Portage, Michigan

Dusty Farmer, Clerk, Oshtemo, Michigan

Eileen Harryvan, Deputy Clerk, City of Farmington, Michigan

Wendi Heyliger, Clerk, Buchanan Charter Township, Michigan

Halley Hilton, Township Clerk, Township of Southfield, Michigan

D’Sjonaun Hockenhull, Executive Director, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lori Lascoe, Ray Township Clerk, Ray Township, Michigan

Sally Ober, Town Clerk and Presiding Officer for Elections, Town of Lincoln, Vermont

Shelby Vance, Deputy Clerk, Buchanan Charter Township, Michigan

Anthony Vega, County Clerk and Recorder, Lake County, Illinois

Jason Walker, Election Program Supervisor 1, Baltimore City, Maryland

Leslie Wilson, County Clerk, Marion County, Oregon

Claire Woodall, Deputy Clerk of Elections, Park County, Colorado