Resolution 2020-003: Resolution for Voting Equipment Grant Funding Application

WHEREAS, the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State (OSS) is currently soliciting applications from jurisdictions for grants to purchase voting equipment; and

WHEREAS, in 2019, Minnesota’s legislature appropriated $2 million for the Voting Equipment Grant to offset the cost in purchasing any combination of optical scan counters (OS), assistive voting devices (AVD), or electronic rosters until the appropriation is exhausted; and

WHEREAS, according to the Minnesota statute, jurisdictions must agree to provide a local match at least equal to the amount of the grant received that is used for optical scan or assistive voting devices (i.e. at least 50% of total cost), and

WHEREAS, to receive grant, towns must submit an application to the Minnesota Secretary of State by January 31, 2020 and the application must include a resolution from the town board approving the application for these funds and a letter from the county auditor(s) agreeing to assist the municipality/school district in the use of the equipment; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,  on December 10, 2019, Supervisor Don Swanstrom motioned to submit an application for funding the Voting Equipment Grant; Supervisor Douglas Dressen seconded, motion carried with a vote of 3-0-0; and

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, the Town Board of Pequaywan hereby adopt a resolution for funding the Voting Equipment Grant; and

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, St. Louis County Auditor’s Office provided a letter agreeing to assist the town of Pequaywan with the implementation of the town’s ES&S DS200 voter tabulation machine; and

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, the town of Pequaywan certifies that any funds awarded from the Voting Equipment Grant will be used only to purchase assistive voting devices approved by the Secretary of State.

Adopted by the Pequaywan Board of Supervisors this 14th day of January 2020.

Approved by Supervisors Charles Kuettel, Douglas Dressen and Don Swanstrom; and attested by Clerk Lita Wallace