VIDEO: Senate includes huge funds for mail-in voting in coronavirus spending deal

MARCH 25, 2020

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The coronavirus stimulus deal the Senate is expected to pass on a bipartisan basis Wednesday includes $400 million to shore up elections and promote mail-in voting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Senate source told The Hill that the $400 million would be made available to states to “help prepare for the 2020 election cycle, including to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more poll-workers.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The funds, which were included in an estimated $2 trillion spending package that the Senate is expected to approve on Wednesday, are an increase from the previous $140 million figure proposed in an earlier Senate funding bill.

The report notes that the $400 million is a far cry from the $4 billion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had originally demanded for election spending.

Three other Democrats, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), had requested $2 billion to be included for elections.

Coons posted a video on Facebook Wednesday morning and said he is still in full support of the bill.

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