Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

State Board of Elections
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2018 FY 2017
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Election Operations Division $ 4,321.6 25.0 $ 5,715.8 26.0
Campaign Disclosure Division $ 758.1 14.0 $ 739.6 16.0
Non-Reporting Programs
Voting and Registration Systems Division  $ 4,588.4 9.0 $ 547.0 6.0
Administration Services Division  $ 2,595.4 10.0 $ 890.0 11.0
Information Technology Division  $ 2,135.6 8.0 $ 735.0 9.0
Division of General Counsel  $ 479.1 4.0 $ 399.1 4.0
Fund 206 - HAVA Activities  $ 376.9 N/A $ 462.0 N/A
The Board  $ 65.7 N/A $ 20.4 N/A
Fund 686 - Budget Stabilization Fund  $ 0.0 N/A $ 80.0 N/A
Totals $ 15,320.8 70.0 $ 9,588.9 72.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative
The State Board of Elections was created by the 1970 Illinois Constitution as the entity to have “general supervision over the administration of the registration and election laws throughout the state.” Public Act 78-0918 (enacted 10/22/73) established the structure and specific functions of the Board. The Board is the only central-election-related agency for the entire state and is empowered to perform those specific duties as are, or may hereinafter be, prescribed by law. The Board consists of several areas/divisions that perform the operational functions of the agency. The three areas that are primary to the Board’s mandated operations are the the Election Operations Division, the Campaign Disclosure Division, and the Voting and Registration Systems (VRS) Division. Election Operations Division: This division is primarily responsible for administering the candidate petition filing process, administering objections filed against a candidate’s nominating petitions, and certifying ballots. Other functions performed by the Elections Operations Division include canvassing election results and training local election jurisdiction personnel in election laws and procedures. Voting and Registration Systems Division: This division was created with the passage of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, which resulted in the replacement of punch-card voting systems statewide and the implementation of an integrated statewide voter registration database. The VRS Division is primarily responsible for the testing of voter tabulation systems, and the operations of the Illinois Voter Registration Database System (IVRS), maintenance and support of local election jurisdiction voter registration and has taken a primary role in developing processes and procedures to ensure proper implementation of the mandates of this Act. Implementation activities under this federal mandate began in fiscal year 2004. Completion and start-up operations of IVRS were performed during fiscal year 2009, and implementation of an On-Line Voter Registration program in June 2014. The program communicates directly with all 109 election jurisdictions and enhances voters' involvement in all future elections. (The Board also distributes the lump-sum appropriations used for state support of county election judge costs and the payment of county clerk/recorder stipends.) Campaign Disclosure Division: The primary function of this division is the administration, implementation, and enforcement of the Illinois Campaign Financing Act (10 ILCS 5/9-15), the Act to Provide for Licensing and Regulating Certain Games of Chance (230 ILCS 15/8-8.1), and the Fair Campaign Practices Act. To this end, the Campaign Disclosure Division oversees the submission of required campaign disclosure reports by applicable campaign committees and related groups, performs review of required disclosure reports, and administers corrective action to those entities found in non-compliance and administers the complaint filing process. In addition, the Campaign Disclosure Division reviews and approves raffle applications from political committees for fundraising purposes. A new mandate in fiscal year 2009 was the development and implementation of the Business Entity Registration database (BEREP), which receives business entity information from qualifying entities doing or desiring to do business with the state. The purpose of the BEREP Program is to deter unlawful contributions to candidates and office holders from businesses with state contracts. Day-to-day operations of this database unit are supported by the Campaign Disclosure Division. The Board also consists of several other divisions that provide support services to the divisions listed above. Those divisions are the Administrative Services Division, the Division of General Counsel, and the Information Technology Division.