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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 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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Annual hours worked by temporary employees to perform Maryland State Board of Elections mandated tasks exceeding merit workforce availability 118,58613,55425,00014,00014,000
Number of electronic poll books prepared and used on election days 2315811,2861,2861,286
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 300888
1  Figure for FY21 is lower due to the use of alternate labor sources, particularly Recreation Department staff, during the time that many County facilities were closed due to the pandemic. Labor costs were borne by other County departments, as employees were reassigned to the Board of Elections in lieu of COVID administrative leave.
2  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. Projections for FY22 and future years reflect acquisition of additional equipment due to expansion of early voting.
3  Due to the use of vote centers, there were several ballot scanners at each site. There was no need for any voter to use the emergency bin due to a technical issue with a scanner during the 2020 Presidential General Election. It is anticipated that this will return as an issue with the number of scanners distributed across many more Election Day polling sites beginning in FY22.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved75499312.45
Enhance: Conversion of Three Temporary to Permanent Positions527650.00
Re-align: From Information Technology to Election Operations to Support SMS Application Development and Programming-70000.00
Re-align: From Information Technology to Election Operations to Support Election Judge Training and Stipends-103460.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1067290.00
FY23 Approved89714112.45