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Arnold Schwarzenegger floats paying to reopen polling places that have closed

Greg Nash

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Wednesday appeared to offer to personally fund the reopening of polling places that are closed in the U.S. due to alleged budget issues.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I’m a fanatic about voting. Most people call closing polls voter suppression. Some say it is ‘budgetary.’ What if I made it easy & solved the budgetary issue? How much would it cost to reopen polling places?” Schwarzenegger tweeted Wednesday.

“This is a serious question,” he added. “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.”

Schwarzenegger’s tweet linked to a 2019 Reuters article about the closure of Southern polling places since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that critics say weakened parts of the Voting Rights Act.

The article cited a civil rights group, the Leadership Conference on Human Rights, which said 1,200 polling places in the South have closed since the decision.

The former governor is one of several political figures set to appear in a get-out-the-vote special to air on ABC later this month. Other planned appearances include former first lady Michelle Obama, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) wife, Ann Romney.

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