The mission of the Department of Elections and Registration is (1) holding, in a state of readiness, voting machines and computer absentee counting equipment for any official elections; (2) providing and setting up those machines and equipment for said elections; (3) paying of all election expenses (excluding the printing of ballots and election precincts supplies); (4) providing support services needed to hold elections; (5) administering laws regarding registration of all voters; and (6) maintaining the statewide voter registration system.
The goal of the Department of Elections and Registration is to develop an election system that will serve as a model for the nation.
The Department of Elections and Registration is under the direction of the Commissioner of Elections, who is authorized under Article IV, Section 12, of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 to exercise all functions of the state relating to the custody of voting machines and voter registration.
The election system in Louisiana is unique. Louisiana is the only state with an open primary system of election. In addition, Louisiana is the only state which has a separate department of elections charged with holding all elections.
The Department of Elections and Registration includes four programs: Administration Program, Voting Machines Program, Registration Program, and Elections Program.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $903,775 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $771,031 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1998-1999 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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