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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1435



Addendum to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Plan

[38 Pa.B. 4170]
[Saturday, August 2, 2008]

   In accordance with section 255 of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, the Department of State is pleased to file this addendum to Elements 6, 12 and 13 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Plan (State Plan).

Element 6:

   Element 6 sets forth the Commonwealth's budget for activities under Part II of HAVA, based on an estimate of the costs of such activities and the amount of funds to be made available. The funding granted by The Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 will provide an additional $4,919,086 in Title II funding to Pennsylvania, bringing the total allocation to Pennsylvania from this fund to $105,497,915.

   The additional funds allocated to Pennsylvania under the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2008 will be reserved for use by the Commonwealth government. The Commonwealth plans to expend the HAVA funds provided by the Election Assistance Commission for FY 2008 to improve efficiency and implement technological upgrades to Pennsylvania's Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE), the centralized voter registration database. The Commonwealth will spend an estimated $3,921,086 for SURE for the following: SURE system enhancements ($2,221.086), SURE portal enhancements ($850,000) and SURE interface upgrades ($850,000). The Commonwealth plans to use the remaining $998,000 of its FY 2008 funds for administrative costs, including personnel and operating costs, to administer HAVA.

   In its budget for FY 2008, the Commonwealth has budgeted an estimated $7,700,000 for the ongoing implementation, enhancement and operation of SURE. This amount exceeds the 5% matching funds ($258,899) required in order to be eligible to receive these additional funds.

Elements 12 and 13:

   Under Elements 12 and 13 of the State Plan, the Commonwealth discusses the State Plan Advisory Board (Board) that was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly under section 205 of the Pennsylvania Election Code to be the committee required by section 255 of HAVA to develop the State Plan. The Department relies on the support and consultation of the Board for continued success in reaching HAVA's goals and objectives. The original Board members served for a term of 5 years, which expired in 2007. As of July 7, 2008, the new Board members are as follows:

   *  Gladys M. Brown, Public At Large Member

   *  Elaine Welch, Blind & Visually Impaired Pennsylvanians

   *  Vice-Chair Deena K. Dean, Director of Elections, Bucks County (county of the second class A)

   *  Joyce McKinley, Director of Elections for Centre County (county of a fifth class county)

   *  Denise W. Jones, Chief Clerk/Director of Elections, Venango County (county of the sixth class)

   *  Sandra Lewis, Elections Director, Potter County

   *  Patricia P. Nace, Director of Elections, Snyder County (county of the seventh class)

   *  Chair Robert Lee, Jr., Voter Registration Administrator, Philadelphia County (county of the first class)

   *  Thomas M. Michin, Legislative Committee Chairperson, Disabled American Veterans of PA

   *  Robert A. Gleason Jr., Chairperson, Republican State Committee of PA

   *  Leonard C. Piazza, III, Director of Elections, Luzerne County (county of the third class)

   *  Representative T.J. Rooney, Chair, Democratic State Committee of PA

   *  Larry Spahr, Director of Elections, Washington County (county of the fourth class)

   *  Josh Wilson, Public At Large Member

   *  Mark Wolosik, Division Manager for Elections, Allegheny County (county of the second class)


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1435. Filed for public inspection August 1, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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