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Following Blunt and Klobuchar Calls, Election Assistance

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WASHINGTON – This
week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ranking Member
and Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with
oversight over federal elections, released the following statements after the
Election Assistance Commission (EAC) voted
unanimously to expand the use of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding to
protect election workers and officials against threats.

“State and local election officials and administrators work
tirelessly to ensure elections are secure and accessible. The last thing they
should have to worry about is their personal safety,” said Blunt. “Chairwoman Klobuchar and I are continuing to work together
to address the totally unacceptable threats to election officials. Congress has
worked in a bipartisan way to provide significant funding to states through the
Help America Vote Act, with the flexibility to use funds to address the unique
needs of each election jurisdiction. I appreciate the Election Assistance
Commission responding to our request and providing the guidance necessary for
states to use the resources they have available to further strengthen election
security.”

“Election administrators and workers are facing a barrage of
threats from those seeking to undermine our elections,” said Klobuchar. “We need to respond to these threats head on and
make sure that election workers are able to do their jobs free from
intimidation or improper influence. It’s an important step that the Election
Assistance Commission is acting on our call to help ensure those who are on the
frontlines defending our democracy are protected.”

In March, Blunt and Klobuchar urged
the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to prioritize and expedite a legal
opinion the EAC had requested on how HAVA funding could be used to ensure the
security of election officials. Following the release of GAO’s legal opinion,
Blunt and Klobuchar called
on the EAC to issue guidance on approved spending of HAVA funds to improve the
security of state and local elections through personal security services and
social media threat monitoring.

Last November, Blunt and Klobuchar called
on the EAC to provide information to state and local election officials on the
resources available to them through HAVA funding to improve safety for election
officials, administrators, workers, and facilities, and to provide guidance on
how resources could be used to identify and respond to threats. In April, Blunt
and Klobuchar requested
an update on the EAC’s efforts to support state and local election officials
with administering the 2022 midterm elections, including protecting election
workers against threats.