Help America Vote Act
Missouri's State Plan
SEC. 254. (a) In General.--The State plan shall contain a description of each
of the following:
(5) How the State will establish a fund described in subsection (b) for purposes of administering the State's activities under this part, including information on fund management.
As described in Section 2 of this State Plan, in 2002 the election reform legislation passed by the General Assembly established four grant programs to be administered by the Secretary of State subject to receipt of federal funds: (1) a program for the purpose of providing funds to election authorities to upgrade or improve the voting process or equipment (§ 115.074, RSMo Supp. 2002); (2) a program to provide funds to election authorities to improve accessibility of polling places and voting machines to disabled voters, as well as provide information about accessibility to disabled voters (§ 115.076, RSMo Supp. 2002); (3) a program to provide funds to election authorities to involve youth in the election process and improve the election process in federal elections (§ 115.801, RSMo Supp. 2002); and (4) a program to increase compensation of election judges (§115.098, RSMo Supp. 2002) In addition, House Bill No. 511 passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor in 2003 creates two new funds in the state treasury, both to be administered by the Secretary of State: (1) the "Election Administration Improvements Fund"; and (2) the "Election Improvements Revolving Loan Fund". These grant programs and funds give the Secretary of State much flexibility in distributing the federal money received pursuant to HAVA either through grants or low interest loans to local election authorities for meeting the requirements of HAVA.
he funds will be managed by the State Treasurer according to generally accepted accounting principles. Disbursements of funds will be managed and tracked by the Secretary of State, according to generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards.