Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Politico to expect an updated version of the Secure Elections Act to hit the Senate floor next month. The Secure Elections Act has already made the rounds in both the House and Senate, though neither has voted on the legislation. The bill would help state and local governments apply for Federal grants to modernize their election systems and receive relevant cyber threat information. Lankford, the top Republican sponsor of the legislation, said the bill will address states that use paper-based audits, but it won’t be introduced until after the Sept. 30 Federal government funding deadline. “As I like to say, we’re now fighting over nouns and verbs and prepositions to try to figure exactly how things are working, to make sure it lines up with everyone,” Lankford told Politico.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.