With the 2020 Presidential Election right around the corner, more and more people are doing their part to help make sure everyone is able to vote. To do so, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to personally pay for closed-down polling places to open back up to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to vote and combat voter suppression.
The self-proclaimed “fanatic about voting” tweeted out a Twitter thread about his concerns surrounding the 1,200 polls that closed in the Southern States, an article by Reuters reported, due to concerns over COVID-19 and lacking sufficient funds to keep them open. Schwarzenegger invited them to apply for grants, funded by him.
“Is closing polling stations about making it harder for minorities to vote, or is it because of budgets? If you say it’s because of your budget, let’s talk,” he tweets in the thread.
He continues, “Today I sent a letter to nearly 6,000 elections officials and county commissioners in states formerly covered by Voting Rights Act Section 5 inviting them to apply for grants, funded by me, to reopen polling centers and improve voting access.”
He clarifies that the grants are non-partisan and will be offered to those who demonstrate the most need. The grants, he said, are going to be dispensed through the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California. The legality of this help is still unclear and whether or not states will accept his help is also unclear.