An independent federal commission announced Wednesday it'll host a summit this month on election security and other issues in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.
The Election Assistance Commission has set the event for Jan. 10 amid heightened awareness of cybersecurity following Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The event, which will be open to the public, will feature Christopher Krebs, a top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, which is taking the lead to help states bolster their digital voting infrastructure.
The commission said a number of state and local election officials from around the country will participate at the Washington, D.C. event.
The Hill noted that with concerns about vulnerabilities in voter registration databases and outdated paperless voting systems, several secretaries of state have pushed for Congress to allot the remaining $396 million from the 2002 Help America Vote Act so states can build up their digital system.
Others have argued in favor of federal cybersecurity standards for election technology.
The EAC was set up in the wake of the Help America Vote Act to assist states in meeting requirements of the law.
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