County Elections Funding Formula Coming Soon
May 5, 2016
When Governor Brown approved a supplemental budget allocation for elections administration, he made $16.173 million dollars available to counties through Assembly Bill 120. Counties will be able to request funding for duties related to conducting the June 7 primary election and verifying petition signatures for ballot initiatives seeking to be placed on the November ballot.
CSAC supports this one-time allocation and strongly encourages all counties to request their share of money. The near $16.2 million funding level was determined through a collaborative effort by county elections officials and the Secretary of State’s (SOS) office, who worked quickly in light of pressing demands on county staff and resources due to the unusual circumstances facing elections administrators.
The formula creates a proportional share for each county based on a county’s total number of eligible voters plus the number of signatures the county receives on initiative petitions compared to statewide numbers on those two factors. Counties must make a claim to receive the funds.
Further details that include claiming instructions through the State Controller’s Office will be available shortly. CSAC and the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials (CACEO) are working with the SOS to ensure a clear process is in place well before the claiming deadline of August 1, 2016.