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Program Description

  Voter Services

Accurate voter registration records are the foundation for fair and equitable elections, and accurate voter registration records are the basis of effective election planning. The Voter Services program administers voter registration and mail-in voting under procedures established by the State Administrator of Elections and is consistent with election law. Voter Services is also responsible for answering voters' questions, and ensures compliance with Federal and State confidentiality requirements. In addition, the Voter Services program coordinates the counting of mail-in and provisional ballots, and ensures that each ballot for an election corresponds to a single eligible voter who has not cast more than one ballot.

Voter Services is a deadline-driven program that diligently processes a constant stream of incoming data. The program processes all changes to name, address, and party affiliation, and maintains a database of citizens that may not vote for reasons of death, felony conviction, ineligibility for jury duty, residency outside of the jurisdiction, or other valid legal reason.

The program provides legally-required training for volunteer registrars; responds to various voter and candidate requests for voter registration applications, listings, and data regarding registered voters; verifies nominating and referenda petitions; and issues and canvasses mail-in and provisional ballots. The program also tracks returned mail and sends multiple mailings to voters for whom new eligibility information is obtained in order to comply with State and Federal requirements.

The program also provides voter registration data to municipalities within Montgomery County, and is responsible for researching provisional ballots, verifying same-day registration, performing monthly peer audits of other jurisdictions within the state, assisting military and overseas voters, administering voting for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, receiving and staging ballots, conducting the post-election canvassing, counting and auditing of ballots cast, and reconciling and auditing mail-in and provisional voter credit.

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Program Contacts

Contact Alysoun McLaughlin of the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240.777.8522 or Shantee Jackson of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2751 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Number of registered voters served per program FTE38,58435,93236,79937,01737,289
Number of absentee ballots requested (000s) 1671378100150300
Number of active registered voters (000s)670673676680685
1  FY20 and FY21 figures reflect the unique circumstances of elections conducted during the pandemic. The FY20 figure reflects the total number of registered voters, because ballots were mailed to all voters without a request required for the 2020 primary election. FY21 reflects actual requests. FY22 and future years reflect an assumption that 1/3 of voters will choose to continue voting by mail.
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Program Budget Changes

FY23 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved170957218.37
Enhance: Ballot Sorting and Imaging Equipment1099320.00
Re-align: From Voter Services to Election Operations to Support Election Judge Training and Stipends-123760.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.868900.00
FY23 Recommended189401818.37