MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota voter advocacy group is suing Minneapolis to prevent it from accepting money to help cover a shortage of funds to run November’s elections during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minnesota Voters Alliance filed a lawsuit in the United States Minnesota District Court this week, arguing that the city cannot accept funds from private organizations for election spending, a local news source said.
Minneapolis is currently applying for a grant between $ 2 million and $ 3 million from the Chicago Nonprofit Center for Technology and Civic Life. The city plans to use the money to cover a deficit of approximately $ 1.4 million in election costs due to coronavirus precautions.
The Minnesota Voters Alliance calls the concession a “mix of public and private interests” in its cause. The group is also working on a separate cause, backed by Republicans, to block the requirement for face masks in polling stations.
Minneapolis City Attorney Jim Rowader said the grant money would be used to increase voter access regardless of party affiliation.
The Center for Tech and Civic Life also released a statement calling the lawsuit “frivolous”.
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