LD 1126 LR 13(03)
An Act To Update the Voter Registration Process
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Veterans and Legal Affairs
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
State Mandate - Funded
FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23 Projections  FY 2023-24 Projections  FY 2024-25
Net Cost (Savings)
General Fund $49,000 $300,979 $123,450 $123,450
General Fund $49,000 $300,979 $123,450 $123,450
State Mandates
Required Activity Unit Affected Local Cost
Requires the registrar of voters to mail signature cards for online voter registrations. Municipality Moderate statewide
The required local activities in this bill may represent a state mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine. If the bill does require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue, the state mandate provisions of the Constitution of Maine require either: (1) General Fund appropriations be provided to fund at least 90% of any additional necessitated local costs of the mandate; or (2) a Mandate Preamble be added to the bill and two-thirds of the members of each House vote to exempt the mandate from the funding requirement. If the bill does represent a state mandate and neither one of these actions occurs, the local units of government will not be required to implement the mandated activities.
Fiscal Detail and Notes
The bill includes a General Fund appropriation of $49,000 ($25,000 one-time and $24,000 ongoing) in fiscal year 2021-22 and $300,979 in fiscal year 2022-23 to the Department of Secretary of State for contracted programming costs and related costs to implement online voter registration.
The cost to municipalities to mail signature cards is estimated to be $110,500 without return postage included.  The Department of Secretary of State will require a General Fund appropriation of $99,450 beginning in fiscal year 2023-24 to reimburse municipalities for 90% of the cost associated with mailing signature cards.