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Program Description

  Information Technology

The Information and Technology (IT) program supports the year-round security of all data and the efficient performance of voting equipment for thousands of voters during an election cycle. The IT program is responsible for network infrastructure, the production of data reports, the maintenance of systems related to election operations, the maintenance, storage and security of equipment, and the maintenance of website and database applications mandated for use by the State Board of Elections. The program coordinates with the Maryland State Board of Elections to organize and integrate voter registration information, to modify polling place precincts and district boundaries, and to transport voting equipment.

The IT program collaborates with Montgomery County's Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS) to implement enhancements to the Election Management System. The Election Management System is used to manage election workers, Future Vote students and polling places. The program also coordinates with TEBS to implement technology that provides valuable information and resources to voters such as the display of wait times on the department website, and allowing voters to request and receive voting information by text message.

Program Contacts

Contact Margaret A. Jurgensen of the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240.777.8523 or Taman Morris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2771 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Annual hours worked by temporary employees to perform Maryland State Board of Elections mandated tasks exceeding merit workforce availability10,89218,58619,41420,00020,000
Number of electronic poll books prepared and used on election days 11,059314131,0591,059
Percent of required voting units per precinct that were operable on election day100%100%100%100%100%
Average response time to resolve equipment and/or maintenance concerns during voting hours (hours)
Incidents of emergency bin use during voting hours 280088
1  Less equipment was used in FY20 and FY21 due to restrictions in the number of in-person voting sites and an increase in the footprint required for each check-in station due to the restrictions presented by the COVID-19 virus.
2  Due to the use of vote centers, there were several ballot scanners at each site. There was never a need for any voter to use the emergency bin due to a technical issue with a scanner during the 2020 Presidential General Election.

Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved76465412.45
Increase Cost: Enterprise Software20930.00
Reduce: General Office Supplies-30000.00
Reduce: Computer Maintenace -40000.00
Reduce: Computer Equipment -50000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2460.00
FY22 Approved75499312.45