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Noah Praetz (left), the former Cook County, Illinois, director of elections, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon testified Tuesday before House conferees about Simon’s need to access $6.6 million in available federal cybersecurity funds. Senate members skipped the meeting. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)

Senators skip cybersecurity hearing

Election cybersecurity, once described as one of the lightest legislative lifts of 2019, has devolved into a stubborn controversy that some Democrats worry foreshadows turbulence ahead as this year’s Capitol session enters the home stretch. It boils down to a simple unanswered question: How much of $6.6 million in Help America Vote Act funds, which the ...

About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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