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Election Reform Payments

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
General Services Administration
CFDA #: 39.011

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Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Section 101 will disburse one-half of the $650 million ($325 million) authorized amount to each State in which the Chief Executive Officer of the State, or designee, in consultation and coordination with the Chief State Election Official, notifies the Administrator by April 29, 2003 that the State intends to use the payment. For this program, GSA will calculate the amount of funding that each State receives under the guidelines specified in Section 101. Step one of two will give one-half of one percent of the $325 million to each State and the District of Columbia ($1,625,000) and one tenth of one percent of the total ($325,000) to Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and America Samoa. The total distributed under step one is $84,175,000. The second step will allocate funds from the $325 million not allocated in the first step (totaling $240,825,000) based on each State?s proportionate share of the voting age population as reported in the 2000 Census. The sum of the funds allocated in the first step and the second step equals $325 million. Section 102 will disburse the remaining $325 million to the States. A State is obligated to use the funding (either directly or as a reimbursement for costs incurred on or after January 1, 2001) to replace punch card voting systems or lever voting systems in precincts within that State that used such systems in the November 2000 election (?qualifying precincts?). A State that receives funding for this program must ensure that all of the punch card voting systems or lever systems in the qualifying precincts within that State will be replaced in time for the regularly scheduled general election for Federal office to be held in November 2004 (unless a waiver is obtained under Section 102(a)(3)(B)). For this program, funding is calculated as follows: first, $4000 is allocated to each State for each precinct that used punch card or lever voting machines in the 2000 election as certified by the State. The State totals may be reduced on a pro-rata basis so that the nationwide total of funds allocated will not exceed $325 million. Based on previous participation assumptions, the Congressional Research Service estimates that each State will receive approximately 83.84% of the total it would have otherwise received due to the $325 million cap. As a result, instead of receiving $4000 per qualifying precinct, States will receive approximately $3,354 per precinct. Section 103 of the Act guarantees that each State will receive a minimum payment of $5 million and each territory will receive a minimum payment of $1 million. If a State were to receive less than $5 million (or a Territory less than $1 million) for both programs, based on the calculations described above, that State?s or Territory?s payment will be increased to the minimum. The remaining States? payments under Sections 101(d) and 102(c) will be reduced so that the total does not exceed the $650 million authorized by Section 104.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Salaries and Expenses) FY 03 $649,621,349; FY 04 est $0; and FY 05 est $0.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

47-0601-0-1-808.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.