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Letter: Grants available for voting equipment

A common concern I've heard from local governments over the years -- particularly at the township level -- has centered on problems with aging and failing election equipment.

A common concern I’ve heard from local governments over the years - particularly at the township level - has centered on problems with aging and failing election equipment.

 

Last session, we passed a bill to provide $7 million in grants to counties, cities, towns, and school districts to assist with the purchase of voting equipment. The legislature authorized the use of these funds to offset up to 50 percent of optical scan precinct counters, optical scan central counters, or assisted voting devices; or up to 75 percent of electronic rosters.

 

I wanted to remind our local government officials that grant applications are now being accepted for Minnesota’s Voting Equipment Grants, and I strongly encourage them to apply if there are plans in the works to replace your voting equipment.

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December 15 is the deadline for applications to be received by the Secretary of State’s Office, and the grants are scheduled to be awarded by January 31, 2018.

 

For more, visit http://www.sos.state.mn.u s and click on “election administration.”

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