“Senate GOP Coronavirus Package Omits Additional Elections Funding”

From the WSJ, a troubling report, but negotiations are still ongoing:

“We’ve already appropriated an awful lot of money for election assistance,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday. “What we’re not going to do is federalize the American election system, which is basically conducted in every single state in very different ways.

I’m aware that Republicans are opposed to national substantive mandates, but providing funding alone does not nationalize elections, as this comment from Louisiana’s Republican SOS notes:

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, a Republican, said that he opposes Democrats’ proposals to attach requirements to the funding such as mandating the option to vote by mail. But, he added, “I am disappointed that much-needed federal funding will not be included in the Senate’s coronavirus bill to help stem the rising tide of pandemic costs along with increased ballot security costs.”

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