In the wake of attempts to infiltrate our election system, the federal government allocated money to each state to use to shore up their voting systems. The MN House passed a bi-partisan bill authorizing use of all $6.6 million to improve our cyber security system. The MN Senate voted for only partial funding, $1.5 million, with no provisions for the remaining funds.
I attended the election security conference committee hearing yesterday and once again, Republican Senators did not show up. No business could be discussed, no votes taken.
We have been warned by national security experts that we should expect more attempts at hacking our elections. Time is of the essence to get our systems updated, tested and ready before the presidential primary in 2020.
Minnesota is the only state in the nation that has not accepted the election security funds. Election security is something that we should all get behind. Please contact our elected officials (see below) and ask them to fully support HAVA, the Help America Vote Act.
Chair, Sen. Elections Committee Mary Kiffmeyer
Sen. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka 651/296-4875
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