The massive omnibus spending bill Gov. Mark Dayton has suggested he may possibly veto includes federal money Minnesota could use for election cybersecurity. President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 in March. It authorized funding to states for elections under the Help America Vote Act of 2002. But in order for the money to come to Minnesota for cyber security, it must be approved by the legislature and governor. Minnesota’s share of the federal funds is $6,595,610, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
On Sunday, Minnesota’s legislature approved more than $1.5 million of the federal funding for FY2019 to be used by Secretary of State Steve Simon’s office as part of the omnibus supplemental spending bill.
But Dayton has not yet signed it.
“I have tried to sound the alarm without being alarmist, “said Simon last week when he asked the legislature not to tie up the funding in an omnibus bill.