MN Dems seek to free election security funds

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Minnesota House Democrats have launched an attempt to prevent Republicans from blocking Secretary of State Steve Simon from spending a new round of $7.4 million in federal election security money.

The bill would eliminate the need for legislative approval. The federal government allocated Minnesota $6.6 million in the previous round.

The Democratic-controlled House authorized spending it by a wide bipartisan margin last year.

But GOP Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, a former secretary of state who chairs a key election committee, was blamed for stalling approval in the Republican-controlled Senate until the end of the session despite repeated pleas from Democratic leaders.


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