Honorable Leo Berman, Chair, House Committee on Elections
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2017 by Giddings (Relating to the date of the primary election and related procedures.), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
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The bill would change the election date from the first Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February in even-numbered years and would move the filing period up by one month. The bill would take effect immediately upon a two-thirds vote. Otherwise, it would take effect September 1, 2007.
The change to the filing period adds an additional month of party administrative expenses. Under current law, the parties are entitled to compensation for the administrative costs of office space and administrative personnel for the five month period of December, January, February, March, and April (if a there is a runoff election). The bill moves the filing period up an additional month which means that administrative expenses will now be accured during a six month period of October, November, December, January, February and March (if there is a runoff election).
The change to the filing period adds one additional month of administrative expenses which include costs such as office space and administrative personnel. The estimate is based on reported expenses of the 2006 primary elections in which administrative costs for the March and April primary and primary runoff elections totaled $1,538,696. To add an additional month of adminstrative expenses, is estimated to cost an additional $307,739. This administrative cost would be borne by the county political parties and the Secretary of State would reimburse the county political parties out of the amounts appropriated.
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