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Zuckerberg’s Election Aid Spurs GOP Drive in 30 States to Ban It

  • Mark Zuckerberg donated millions to help run 2020 elections
  • States now seeking to ban future grants to elections officials
Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

When the coronavirus pandemic began in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign season, elections officials across the U.S. faced the massive expense of buying everything from face masks for poll workers to ballot counting machines to handle a surge in vote by mail.

Congress provided only a fraction of the money needed, and recession-struck states had little left in their coffers. Elections officials found help from an unlikely source: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Meta Platforms Inc, who gave out more than $400 million in grants so states could buy the equipment needed for a unique election process.