Secretary Of State Lawson Reviews Budget Request With Lawmakers
January 23, 2015 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – In a presentation to the House Ways and Means Committee, Secretary of State Connie Lawson requested an increase in funding for the state’s electronic voting system.
Lawson said the General Assembly has funded a voter system technical oversight program that is currently administered by the Bowen Center at Ball State. The institute tests the electronic voting systems that will be used by Indiana in future elections.
A recently established statute requires this system to also investigate problems that occur during the voting process.
Lawson asked for more money to be given to the Bowen Center because they have had to take on “extra work” for her, including a few counties that had alleged deficiencies in their voting systems.
Lawson also made a funding request for the elections division.
The part of the elections division that falls into another operating category had mistakenly been dropped from $120,000 to $11,000 in the recommended amount. Lawson said that many things go into that division and they currently do not have enough funding.
Programs lumped into the elections division relate to campaign finances, data posting, election voting publication, and many other “essential things.”
Lawson spoke about businesses that continue to use paper filing and proposed raising the amount it costs to paper file by $10. This initiative is partially spurred by Lawson’s Business Onestop program – which attempts to get businesses to go paperless.
Lawson also asked the committee for a 1.6 percent increase in general funding to keep key staff members.