State board approves $84K for new motor-voter law
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A state board has approved $84,000 for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin implementing a new program intended to bolster voter registration throughout Nevada.
Voters approved a ballot measure in November mandating the DMV offer anyone who shows up for a license or registration renewal the chance to also register to vote on site.
The statute requires individuals to either register to vote or sign a form declaring they don’t want to.
The Nevada Appeal reports the money the Board of Examiners approved this past week from the contingency fund was needed because the ballot measure didn’t take into account the cost of administering the new mandate by doing such things as determining a person’s eligibility to vote.
The funding still must be approved by the Interim Finance Committee, which meets Wednesday.
The board also is expected to consider a request soon for $234,000 from the Secretary of State’s Elections Division to begin developing a new system to register voters.
Elections Deputy Wayne Thorley said last month the cost of the new law will depend on how it’s implemented. He said in the worst case scenario, if his office had to develop a statewide voter registration database, it could cost $4.8 million.
He said, however, if the DMV were to send registration information directly to county registrars there would be no impact on his office.
Either way, Thorley said counties will incur additional costs.
Carson City Clerk Aubrey Rowlatt said their best estimates are it will cost $186,225 in office equipment and software plus added voting machines and $61,200 a year for at least one added staffer, postage and printing.
Clark County has estimated it will cost it $200,000 in programming along with one-time and recurring costs of up to $500,000 in staff, printing and other things.
Information from: Nevada Appeal, http://www.nevadaappeal.com