Republican state legislators are promoting legislation in states across the country that would ban local government officials from accepting money from private sector groups that would aid in election administration.

A massive election overhaul package in Georgia included the ban on private funding last month. The Arizona legislature passed a measure banning outside funding for elections operations last week. The Texas legislature is working on its own measure, part of a broader overhaul of election administration rules that Democrats have castigated as a means of excluding minority and low-income voters.

The measures come after groups funded by wealthy benefactors, including Facebook founder

and his wife, the physician Priscilla Chan, pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into grants to local election offices in the weeks and months before the 2020 elections.

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