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Cost of Voter ID Fiscal Notes 2012

Fiscal Notes for Voter ID Legislation

The table below is a summary of the fiscal impacts of voter id legislation in 2011-2012 legislative sessions. The fiscal impact of legislation is usually demonstrated by a fiscal note. Fiscal notes are used by legislators to decide whether or not a proposed bill has merit, to revise a bill or make it less costly or raise more revenues, or to make decisions about the state’s budget or revenues. In some states fiscal notes are prepared by executive branch agencies affected by bills while in other states fiscal notes are prepared by the legislative fiscal staff.

For full details on voter ID, see NCSL's Voter ID: State Requirements webpage.

The Fiscal Impact of Voter ID Legislation (2011-2012)
 

State

Bill #

Fiscal Impact

State

Local

Alaska

HB 162*

Fiscal Note Not Available

Colorado

HB12-1111

The state will have one-time costs of $13,500 to revise, print, and distribute new voter registration forms and other election-related materials.

The bill will increase the workload of county clerks. The offices of county clerks will be required to update county publications and procedures to conform with the new requirements.

Delaware

HB 199*

Fiscal Note Not Available

Florida

HB 4129*

Fiscal Note Not Available

Hawaii

HB 2221

Fiscal Note Not Available

Illinois

HB 3058*, HB 3903*, HB 5213, HB 5462, SB 2035*, SB 2496*,
SB 3750

Fiscal Note Not Available

Iowa

HF 95*

The fiscal impact of HF 95 cannot be determined as the number of persons required to purchase nonoperator identification cards cannot precisely be determined. However, the fiscal impact is not expected to be significant as most registered voters have driver licenses and persons without photo identification will continue to have the option to vote via mail-in absentee ballot.

SF 142*

Fiscal Note Not Available

Kentucky

HB 520

Fiscal Note Not Available

Maine

LD 199

An annual general fund cost of $256,000 to manufacture additional identification cards. There would also be a reduction in highway fund revenue of $69,000 per year to eliminate the fees currently collected on identification cards.

 

Maryland

HB 113

For FY 2013, costs may total at least $500,000; however, the local boards of elections are expected to be responsible for a portion of the cost. General fund expenditures may also increase in FY 2013 and future years to the extent additional provisional ballots are determined to be needed. Voter outreach costs are expected to diminish in future years.

Local government expenditures may increase due to costs associated with voter outreach, additional election judges, additional provisional ballots, and mailing of voter notification cards.

HB 705

General fund expenditures may increase by at least $830,800 in FY 2013, accounting for quantifiable costs of including physical identification information in electronic poll books and voter education. Implementation of the bill is expected to be a significant initiative and the total extent of the associated costs is uncertain at this time. It is assumed these costs, the allocation of which is also uncertain, are split between the State and counties. Voter education costs are expected to continue, but eventually diminish, in future years.

Local government expenditures also may increase by at least $830,800 in FY 2013 due to costs associated with upgrading electronic poll books and voter education. Local government expenditures may also increase due to training and compensation of election judges, additional provisional ballots and canvassing costs, costs to send out replacement voter notification cards, and possibly costs for additional electronic poll books.

Maryland, continued

SB 412

General fund expenditures are expected to increase significantly in FY 2013 to conduct voter outreach. Costs may total at least $500,000; however, the local boards of elections are expected to be responsible for a portion of the cost. General fund expenditures may also increase in FY 2013 and future years to the extent additional provisional ballots are determined to be needed. Voter outreach costs are expected to diminish in future years. The bill’s criminal penalty provisions are not expected to materially affect State finances.

Local government expenditures may increase due to costs associated with voter outreach, additional election judges, and additional provisional ballots. The bill’s criminal penalty provisions are not expected to materially affect local government finances.

Missouri

HB 1104

For FY 2013 the estimated cost is $0 or unknown (Unknown greater than $7,027,921); for FY 2014 the estimated cost is $0 or unknown (Unknown greater than $3,649,437); and for FY 2015 $0 or unknown (unknown greater than $6,267,554)

 

Nebraska

LB 239*

The Secretary of State estimates no fiscal impact.

 

LB 605*

No fiscal impact.

 

New Hampshire

HB 356

The Department of State states this bill will increase state restricted expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2012 and each fiscal year thereafter. The Department of Safety states this bill will increase state highway fund expenditures by $9,250 in FY 2012. There will be no fiscal impact on state revenues.

There will be no fiscal impact on county and local revenues or expenditures.

SB 289

The Department of State, Department of Safety, Department of Justice, Judicial Branch, Judicial Council, and New Hampshire Municipal Association state this bill will have an indeterminable impact on state revenues, and state and local expenditures in FY 2013 and each year thereafter. New Hampshire Association of Counties states this bill will have an indeterminable impact on county expenditures in FY 2013 and each year thereafter. There will be no impact on county and local revenues.

SB 318

Fiscal Note Not Available

New Jersey

AB 674

Fiscal Note Not Available

SB 200

Fiscal Note Not Available

New Mexico

HB 113

FY 2012--$176,901

FY 2013--$412,770

FY 2014 and thereafter-- $58,967

 

Ohio

HB 159*

Potentially the initial cost could be over $570,000.

No direct fiscal effect on political subdivisions.

Oklahoma

HB 2821

Fiscal Note Not Available

Pennsylvania

HB 934

This legislation would have an estimated fiscal impact of $1,026,654 on the General Fund in the next 12-month period. The Governor’s proposed 2012-13 budget appropriates $1 million for photo ID for non-voting purposes.

 

Virginia

HB 9*

No fiscal impact.

 

West Virginia

HB 4387

$785,232

 

SB 532

$1,291,719

 

Key: *= Legislation carried over from 2011.

Source: State legislative websites and Debate over photo ID at the polls shifts to costs, Electionline Weekly. March 17, 2011

For More Information 

For more information on the issue of the Cost of Voter IDs, contact Todd Haggerty or Wendy Underhill by email or by calling the National Conference of State Legislatures, 303-364-7700

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