County shares money for election costs

From Press, Staff Reports

 

Webster County will receive additional funding to help pay for elections, according to the secretary of state’s office.

The money will come from the Elections Support Fund, which totals $1.02 million.

“The Elections Support Fund allows Mississippi to decrease its dependence on federal funding in our state’s elections process,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Lean budget times should not hinder our right to vote.”

For years, Mississippi counties have relied heavily on federal funding from the Help America Vote Act to fund a majority of election costs. With HAVA funds depleted, the Mississippi Legislature created the Election Support Fund from money generated by annual report filings from out-of-state limited liability companies.

“These funds will assist counties in conducting elections across the state,” Hosemann said. “I am pleased the Legislature has found an effective way to get the counties the money they need.”

Allocations from the Election Support Fund are distributed annually to each Mississippi county and may be used for, “the purpose of acquiring, upgrading, maintaining or repairing voting equipment, systems and supplies, hiring technical support and training election officials.”

Funds are proportionately distributed by population figures released by the U.S Census Bureau, as required by state law. Webster County’s allocation is $3,519.20.