To the editor:

Congress and President Trump have given Minnesota $6.6 million for election security. The state Legislature must now authorize Secretary of State Steve Simon to use it, and he has put together a detailed plan with support from local election officials, legislators, and cyber-security experts.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Gazelka agreed to pass the funding. The House, on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, authorized using all the funds. If we don't spend the money before the deadline, we lose it. Despite all of this, the Minnesota Senate has not authorized using the full funds. Instead, Republican senators have rejected all compromises and even refused to attend a conference committee meeting.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged Minnesota to take immediate action to secure our elections from bad actors - which is why we need to call our local Senators Ingebrigtsen and Westrom and urge them to authorize the full funding.

Sue Engstrom

Alexandria, MN