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Program B: Elections

Program Authorization: R.S. 18:23, 421, 431, 443-443.1, 462-463,469, 591, 601-602, 604, 621, 1306, 1400.1, 1406, 1941; and R.S. 33:3

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Elections Program is to ensure the integrity of the electoral process in Louisiana by overseeing and administering fair and impartial state and federal elections. Specifically, the Elections Program conducts timely and error-free elections for every public office, proposed constitutional amendments, and local propositions; administers the state election laws, providing assistance to federal, state and local election officials, the judiciary, media, and the general public; and meets program requirements (which include candidate qualifying and candidate numbering, assembling, printing and distribution of absentee, machine and sample ballots for the state's nearly 4,022 voting precincts, compilation and promulgation of election returns, and conducting elections seminars for parish officials. The goal of the Elections Program is to have the best overall election system in the United States while making essential information on Louisiana’s electoral process available to the public in a timely and comprehensive manner. This program has one activity, Elections.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded from State General Fund and Fees and Self-generated Revenues. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from a $25 service of process fee, and filing fees charged to businesses and farmers to secure interest and movable property.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$2,416,117

$2,566,117

8

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$2,416,117

$2,566,117

8

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$4,724

$4,724

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 – 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$5,666

$5,666

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 - 2000

($130,000)

($130,000)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($9,126)

($9,126)

0

 

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$5,474

$5,474

0

 

Other Adjustments – Related Benefits: Employees/Retirees Group Benefits

$550,125

$550,125

0

 

Other Adjustments – Ballot Printing

$234,000

$234,000

0

 

Other Adjustments – Lease purchase of Data Processing Main Frame Upgrade, Remote Controllers, and Optical Scanners

 

 

 

 

 

$3,076,980

$3,226,980

8

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$660,863

$660,863

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 125.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 88.0% of the total request ($3,663,205) for this program. The net increase is primarily due to increased election expenses combined with the removal of funding for non-recurring printing and acquisitions, and the funding of data processing equipment.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$2,489,000

 

Ballot Printing Costs

     

$2,489,000

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program dos not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.


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