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St. Johns County Gets $120,000 Voting Security Grant Money

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Florida Governor Rick Scott last week announced he’d approved approximately $10 million in voting-security grant requests from the state’s elections supervisors.

St. Johns County Supervisor Vicky Oakes said her office received around $120,000. That is considerably less than the $189,000 she requested.

“When we made our application, the information had not been included in the instructions that things that our office had already purchased and put into place were not eligible to be reimbursed,” said Oakes.

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Oakes said those purchases included security cameras along with hardware and software upgrades.  But there’s still hope, she said.  “It’s my understanding that in the next request following the 2018 elections, that money will still be available for us to make future requests.”

The money comes from $19 million the federal government gave Florida to secure its elections.

So far, 49 counties have been approved for grants. The governor’s office said requests from others are still under review.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter @cydwjctnews.