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Voting rights group: Donation bans on elections offices undermine elections

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Ongoing efforts by state legislatures in Georgia and elsewhere to ban private donations to local election offices could cripple America’s elections process, warned one voting advocacy group, Democracy Docket.

“Underfunded elections will exacerbate all the problems–long lines, slow vote counting, poor staffing–that plague our elections,” the Democratic-funded group said in its latest newsletter. “We can expect our elections to become more vulnerable to errors, and it will be harder for elections offices to improve election security in the face of new threats.”

During the 2020 elections cycle, local elections offices nationwide relied heavily on private donations and grants to hire extra help, buy new equipment and masks, and fulfill other necessary tasks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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