Faribault, Martin & Blue Earth Counties Receive Grant Money for Voting Equipment

Secretary of State Steve Simon has announced that his office has awarded $7 million to Counties to assist with the purchase of new voting equipment.

In 2017, Simon’s push to replace Minnesota’s aging election equipment was signed into law. It provided a 50 percent match for mandatory equipment and a 75 percent match for electronic rosters.

The list of grant funding includes Faribault County at just over $61,000, Martin County with just over $68,000 and Blue Earth County at just over $100,000.

Secretary Simon said, “This is an important step for election integrity by ensuring that voting equipment is up to standards that Minnesotans expect.”

The Secretary of State’s Office received grant applications from 85 Counties and 17 Municipalities for a total request of just over $13 million.