Griswold joins other Secretaries of State to seek funding for electoral infrastructure
DENVER (KDVR) – President Joe Biden’s plan to revitalize infrastructure across the country has passed its first hurdle after going through the House of Representatives.
While many praise the bills’ goal of strengthening transportation systems, one group calls for the bill to allocate funds to a different type of framework.
The word infrastructure has a broad meaning: covering everything from roads to bridges to broadband. Colorado’s secretary of state wants to make sure election materials are included as well.
The vote on the $ 715 billion proposal that would allocate millions to roads, railways and clean water passed mostly along party lines, but two Republicans voted yes.
“I appreciate President Biden’s commitment, his bipartisan partnership and his unwavering support for the Coloradans as we build back stronger than before. Thank you to the bipartisan group of senators who are ready to mobilize and do real work, ”Governor Polis said Thursday.
Some elected leaders have said the bill does not invest enough in a system that gives members of Congress their seats.
“When we think about improving the bridges we cross, the roads we cross, we also have to think about our electoral infrastructure,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
Griswold and nine other secretaries of state wrote a letter to leaders of Congress, urging them to allocate $ 20 billion for the electoral infrastructure plan.
She wants leaders to use Colorado as an example of what the nation could look like with more money to vote.
“We actually gave Colorado County Clerks $ 7.3 million to invest in the election and that allowed us to increase drop boxes, hundreds of additional drop boxes across the state,” Griswold said.
With Colorado being a model for nationwide elections, does the state need more money? Griswold said this money is for maintenance.
“It takes constant innovation and a constant amount of resources to ensure that our systems remain the best in the country, and they are,” said Griswold.
The funding requested by the secretaries would improve the elections over the next 10 years. They hope President Biden will hear them.
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