In 2020, private grants, largely funded by donations from Facebook's founder, helped pay for elections across the country.

Now Republican lawmakers in Arizona and other states are voting to prohibit election workers from ever accepting such funds again.

The Arizona House approved HB 2569 last week in a party-line vote. The legislation would ban election officials at all levels of government — city, county and state — from receiving private funds to help pay for any aspect of election operations, including voter registration.

Republican Rep. Jake Hoffman, the bill's sponsor, said it's a matter of election integrity. That means keeping elections free of influence or interference, he said.

"We've heard that over the last four years. Our colleagues across the aisle have been adamant there [was] foreign interference, Russian interference in the election in 2016," Hoffman said. "We are all on the same page. There should not be any type of foreign influence or interference in our election system."

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