Panel to debate how to spend $7.8M election security grant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials plan to debate Thursday how to spend a new $7.8 million election security grant, the second major influx of federal dollars to help local clerks fend off hackers in two years.

The U.S. Elections Assistance Commission announced in early January that Wisconsin would receive a the grant if it can produce a $1.6 million match.

Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said the commission will pull the match from within its existing budget.

The commission must submit a spending plan to the EAC by April.