July 31, 2020

Neguse Amendment to Eliminate State Election Grant Matching Requirement Passes the House

The amendment to eliminate the 5% election grant matching requirement was included in the appropriations minibus

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse passed an amendment through the U.S. House of Representatives which would remove a requirement often included in Appropriations legislation that requires states who receive election grants to provide 5% in matching funds. In May, Congressman Neguse introduced the Secure Our Elections Act, to remove the 20% election grant matching requirement under the CARES Act for COVID-19 federal election assistance. His legislation was incorporated into the Heroes Act, which passed the House in May. Today’s amendment expands the proposal to ensure that no federal election assistance to states— whether COVID-19 related or not— has a matching requirement attached to it. 

“The security, accessibility and safety of our elections has never been more important as we navigate the new challenge of ensuring a fair election and keeping Americans from getting sick amidst a pandemic,” said Congressman Neguse. “Removing the grant matching requirement for states will ensure we are equipping states with election assistance to the best of our ability. It will open up already-strained state budgets to meet other needs and ensure states are not being asked to choose between providing critical services during this pandemic or safeguarding our democracy.”