State Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake). (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The federal government has offered a second chunk of money to Minnesota for election security, but Senate Republicans are pushing for provisional ballots and photo ID at the polls before signing on to any agreement to take the money. State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner that he is troubled by Secretary of State Steve Simon’s “pick and choose” approach to election security.

“The resistance by the Democrats to secure our elections, at some point we’re going to say, enough is enough,” said Westrom. “We’re going to secure everybody’s ballot so it’s treated equally and not just worry about Russians interfering with our ballots. But we want to deal with anybody interfering with our ballot. And that means provisional ballots and photo ID as a common sense practical way to do it. We’re one of only three states that don’t have provisional ballots and why our current Democrat Party and Secretary of State are so opposed to it makes you wonder what they’re afraid of.”

Westrom said he would like to see their provisions passed before taking any additional monies. Governor Walz has said election tampering is a real threat to the state and cannot understand why the legislature does not simply accept the $7 million the feds are offering.

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