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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 conduct timely and error-free elections for every public office, proposed constitutional amendments, and local propositions; administer the state election laws, providing assistance to federal, state and local election officials, the judiciary, media, and the general public; and meet 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. This program has one activity, Elections.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Elections Program will conduct timely, impartial, and efficient elections while holding the cost per registered voter below $0.70.

1 This cost varies with the number of elections held during the year.

2 These figures may increase due to a federal court order which may result in the scheduling of an additional statewide election.

2. The Elections Program will speed the dissemination of election information by computerizing past election returns from 1980 to 2002 by the year 2002.

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

 

 

 

 

 

$1,064,453

$1,192,833

11

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$1,064,453

$1,192,833

11

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($27,000)

($27,000)

0

 

Non-Recurring printing expenditures

($71,537)

($71,537)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)(Non-recurring -$71,537)

$4,912

4,912

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$6,646

6,646

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$70,114

$86,017

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($1,499)

($1,499)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($97,575)

($97,575)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

$1,418,800

$1,418,800

0

 

Election expenses

$0

$5,717

0

 

Realign operating services among the various programs to properly reflect the expenditure of funds

($81,197)

($81,197)

(3)

 

Technical Adjustment - place positions in correct program

 

 

 

 

 

$2,286,117

$2,436,117

8

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$1,221,664

$1,243,284

(3)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 204.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 89.7% of the total request ($2,714,711) 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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

$1,979,000

 

Ballot Printing Costs

 

 

 

$1,979,000

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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