The NCGA didn't provide more funding for the Elections Administration - HAVA funds still frozen (for the most part)!

Not sure that the GA got with the program for budgeting state money for SBOE to free up HAVA money:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/HTML/H950v3.html

PART XXiii. STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS
HAVA Funds/Disability Access
SECTION 23.1.(a) The State Board of Elections shall not expend any Help America Vote Funds (HAVA) Title II Funds for the 20112012 fiscal year and, unless prohibited by federal law, shall retain those funds until Maintenance of Effort funds are appropriated, except that voting accessibility funds granted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under Section 261 of HAVA may be applied for and expended by the State Board of Elections to improve voting accessibility for the disabled.
SECTION 23.1.(b) This section is effective when it becomes law.

HAVA FUNDS/STATE SUPPORT OF COUNTY BDS OF ELECTIONS
SECTION 23.2.(a) Effective July 1, 2013, G.S. 16382.28 reads as rewritten:
"§ 16382.28. The HAVA Election Fund.
There is established a special fund to be known as the Election Fund. All funds received for implementation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107252, shall be deposited in that fund. The State Board of Elections shall use funds in the Election Fund only to implement HAVA. No HAVA funds may be granted to or used by counties for the operation of elections or for expenses which by this Chapter are borne by the counties, except that HAVA funds may be used for local infrastructure of SEIMS (State Elections Information Management System), which is necessary for the State to administer the elections. The State Board of Elections shall annually report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, to the Fiscal Research Division, and to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on implementation of this section."

SECTION 23.2.(b) Effective July 1, 2013, Article 4 of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
" § 163‑37.1. No State funds for county election expenses.

No State funds shall be appropriated to counties, or allocated to them by the State Board of Elections, for expenses of the county boards of elections, except that State funds may be used for local infrastructure of SEIMS (State Elections Information Management System), which is necessary for the State to administer the elections. The State Board of Elections shall annually report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, to the Fiscal Research Division, and to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on implementation of this section.

Amazing! No money spent to maintain election equipment, nor for ballot printing, early voting, programming, etc.

But the GA increased the money allocated to the State Symphony by another $500K over and above what they approved for this years budget LAST YEAR!:

PART XXIi. Office of State Budget and Management

NC Symphony Funding
SECTION 22.1. Section 25.2 of S.L. 2011145 reads as rewritten:
" SECTION 25.2.(a) Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Office of State Budget and Management‑Special Appropriations, the sum of one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000)two million dollars ($2,000,000) in nonrecurring funds for the 2011‑20122012‑2013 fiscal year shall be allocated to the North Carolina Symphony in accordance with this section.

" SECTION 25.2.(b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the NC Symphony achieve its goal of raising the sum of eight nine million dollars ($8,000,000)($9,000,000) in non‑State funding to support the operations of the Symphony. To that end, upon demonstrating to the Office of State Budget and Management that the NC Symphony has reached fund‑raising targets in the amounts set forth in this subsection, the NC Symphony shall receive allocations from the Office of State Budget and Management as follows:

(1) Upon raising the initial sum of four million dollars ($4,000,000) in non‑State funding, the NC Symphony shall receive the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000).

(2) Upon raising an additional sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) in non‑State funding for a total amount of six million dollars ($6,000,000) in non‑State funds, the NC Symphony shall receive the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000).

(3) Upon raising an additional sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) in non‑State funding for a total sum of eight million dollars ($8,000,000) in non‑State funds, the NC Symphony shall receive the final sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 2011‑2012 fiscal year.($500,000).

(4) Upon raising an additional sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) in non‑State funding, for a total sum of nine million dollars ($9,000,000) in non‑State funds, the NC Symphony shall receive the final sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the 2012‑2013 fiscal year.

"SECTION 25.2.(c) Funds allocated pursuant to this section are in addition to any other funds allocated to the NC Symphony in this act.

I said it before and I'll say it again - voting is more important than art. Voting is how we decide who will lead us to see if they have the legitimacy to spend our money - including for the NC Symphony.

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The Republicans Want County Level Elections to Snarl and Fail

This is part of the Republican plan, defund and destroy government functions, then when the item or office fails, blame government functionaries. In this case it is part of a design to cause long lines, lost votes, inoperable equipment, insufficient equipment, etc. to appear to be caused by the Democratically controlled BOE. And what offense has come out of the Governor - not one thing I have heard. So the rightwing Republican White Peoples Party rolls on suppressing the upcoming elections.

wafranklin