SAINT PAUL, Minn. —While the House of Representatives passed a bill approving full Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding today, Senate Republicans continue to delay. Minnesota is the only state in America that has failed to release $6.6 million in HAVA funds from the federal government to their statewide election administrator. State Senator Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, released the following statement.
“Threats to our election systems are real,” said Kent. “We’re falling behind every other state in the country in securing our infrastructure for the 2020 election. The federal money is already there – we’re not asking for more money we’re just asking to release the funds. Fair and accessible elections are the reason our democracy works, and holding up these funds is putting our voters at risk.”
“Republican leadership told us all this was an early-session priority. Well, now it’s been weeks and they think we can get by with just a fraction of what we need. It’s time to put the politics aside and do something to protect Minnesota voters.”