Elections, State Board of

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Agency Web Site: http://www.elections.ny.gov/Link to External Website

Mission

The New York State Board of Elections executes and enforces all laws relating to elections, oversees the conduct of elections as well as the disclosure of campaign financing and practices. The Board also strives to promote the full participation of the State's eligible voters and to maintain citizens' confidence in the political process.

The Board is responsible for reviewing the practices of all 62 local boards of elections; facilitating access to the ballot for State offices; approving voting systems for use within the State; maintaining the statewide voter registration database; disclosure and enforcement of campaign financing and practices; and implementing various Federal voting programs (i.e., Help America Vote Act, National Voter Registration Act, Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act).

The Executive Budget creates an enforcement unit within the Board, and establishes new responsibilities and powers for its head -- a Chief Enforcement Counsel appointed by the Governor.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $11.1 million in All Funds ($8.1 million in General Fund; $3 million Other Funds) for the Board, an increase of $5.9 million ($2.9 million General Fund; $3 million Other Funds). The increases support the strengthening of the State's oversight and enforcement of campaign finance disclosure and reporting requirements, and compliance testing of electronic voting machines to ensure they meet State and Federal standards. Reappropriations of Federal funds continue to be available to meet ongoing Federal election mandates.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 70 FTEs, an increase of 12 FTEs from SFY 2014, in support of the new enforcement function.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
2013-14
Appropriations
Recommended
2014-15
Change From
2013-14
Reappropriations
Recommended
2014-15
State Operations 5,200,000 11,140,000 5,940,000 18,400,000
Aid To Localities 0 0 0 30,400,000
Total 5,200,000 11,140,000 5,940,000 48,800,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program 2013-14
Estimated FTEs
03/31/14
2014-15
Estimated FTEs
03/31/15
FTE Change
Regulation of Elections
General Fund 58 69 11
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 0 1 1
Total 58 70 12

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/20/2014

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