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Program Description

  Voter Registration Services

The Voter Registration Services program provides clerical and administrative support to register new voters, maintains the currency of information in the official registry, and provides clerical and administrative support to process requests for absentee ballots. The Federal Help America Vote Act mandated the establishment of a statewide voter registration database (MDVOTERS) that occurred in 2006, moving the County voter registration database to a statewide platform under the aegis of the State Board of Elections. In addition, this program processes all changes of name, address, and party affiliation, and maintains a delete file, removing voters for reasons of death, felony conviction, ineligibility for jury duty, moving out of the jurisdiction, and other valid legal reasons. The program provides legally-required training for volunteer registrars; responds to various voter and candidate requests for voter registration applications, listings, and CDs of registered voters; verifies nominating or referenda petitions submitted; and issues and canvasses absentee and provisional ballots. Implementation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires all motor vehicle and State social service agencies to solicit voter registration applications and information changes from every client or customer resulting in an increase in the number of applications and changes received for processing, many of which require research to clarify inaccurate or incomplete information. The program also tracks returned mail and sends a second mailing in order to accurately maintain the database.

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Program Contacts

Contact Margaret A. Jurgensen of the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240.777.8523 or Crystal B. Sallee of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2778 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Number of active registered voters (000s)657644655680700
Number of voter registration transactions (000s)685690695700705
Number of provisional ballots issued on election day(s)12,7573,63410,4969,00012,000
Number of absentee ballots requested (000s)6314.947.05570
Number of absentee ballots voted/returned (000s)50.510.637.425.060.0
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved156392118.20
Increase Cost: Technical Adjustment36520.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2761-0.83
FY20 Recommended157033417.37