2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB29 (Conference Report)

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VERIS and Help America Vote Act Funding

Item 83 #2c

Item 83 #2c

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Department of Elections FY2019 $0 FY2020 $10,175,711 NGF

Page 17, line 16, strike "$15,966,865" and insert "$26,142,576".

Page 18, strike lines 5 through 14.

Page 18, after line 22, insert:

"K.1. It is the intent of the General Assembly that federal awards from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) under P.L. 116-93 be used to replace the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS) by July 1, 2022. Out of the amounts included in this item, $10,175,711 in the second year from nongeneral fund HAVA grants is provided to the Department of Elections.

2. The State Comptroller shall not release the general and non general funds appropriated in this paragraph until the Department of Elections has submitted a plan outlining the use of funds to the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC), on or before May 1, 2020. The Department shall also submit this plan to the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget, and the Chairs of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee on or before May 1, 2020.

3. The Department of Elections, may consider utilizing HAVA funding to assist localities in complying with election security standards established by Chapter 426 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019, if the cost estimates from the Request for Information (RFI) for the replacement of the Virginia Election Registration Information System (VERIS) are less than the total amounts appropriated in this item."


(This amendment outlines the intent of the 2020 General Assembly that the Commonwealth's recent award of funds from the Help America Vote Act of 2020 shall be used to replace VERIS.)