Washington state will soon receive $7.9 million under the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 in order to improve its cybersecurity and upgrade its elections systems. The state is required to match 5 percent of the amount, or $400,000, which brings the total earmarked funds to $8.3 million.

“With this funding, we’ll be able to bring new resources and technology together to improve our ongoing cybersecurity efforts. We’ll be working with our county elections officials to identify key areas that will benefit from this allocation and ultimately make the elections system here in Washington even stronger than it already is,” said Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

The funding will help the state combat potential election interference and help to revitalize an aging voting system.

Through the Election Assistance Commission, the state should receive its award letter by April 6. The money is related to the Help America Vote Act, which passed in 2002 and provided $3.9 billion for states to use in upgrading their elections systems.