County receives HAVA funds

From Press, Staff Reports

Webster County will receive nearly $8,200 for election assistance from the Help Mississippi Vote Fund and the newly created Elections Support Fund.

The county’s payment is its share of the $1.09 million from both funds being distributed statewide.

“With funding from the Help America Vote Act diminishing, counties statewide face significant revenue shortfalls to conduct elections across the state,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “This $1 million will help fill the gap left from the federal funding.”

The total distribution to Webster County is $8,170.76. Of that amount, $6,097.56 comes from the Help Mississippi Vote Fund and $2,073.20 comes from the Elections Support Fund.

The Help Mississippi Vote Fund was created in 2006 by the state Legislature from funds generated from Uniform Commercial Code filings with the Secretary of State’s Office. State law requires funds from the Help Mississippi Vote Act be spent on elections. Help MS Vote Funds are distributed equally among all 82 counties.

The Elections Support Fund was created by the Legislature from funds generated by annual report filings from out-of-state limited liability companies. State law requires these funds be expended for elections maintenance and proportionately distributed by population.

“In lean budget times, our counties need all of the assistance they can get to run Mississippi’s elections,” Hosemann said. “We are pleased we had these funds saved up for their use now that HAVA funds are running out.”