​Minnesota Democrats seek to free up election security funds

​Minnesota Democrats seek to free up election security funds Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County

(AP) — 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 please from Democratic leaders.

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