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1-1.5-106. Federal elections assistance fund – match requirements – maintenance of effort – grants and loans to counties

Overview of Statute

The state must create a federal elections assistance fund within the state treasury to hold money related to the provisions of the HAVA. The secretary of state will administer this fund, and the money from the fund may only be used for permitted activities. These activities include the creation of a loan program to help counties comply with the HAVA provisions.

Statute

(1) (a) There is hereby created in the state treasury the federal elections assistance fund, which fund shall be administered by the secretary and shall consist of:

(I) All moneys received by the state from the federal government pursuant to HAVA;

(II) All moneys appropriated or otherwise made available to the fund by the general assembly for the purpose of carrying out the activities required by HAVA;

(III) All moneys received by the state as payment from the counties pursuant to subsection (3) of this section;

(IV) Moneys collected by the secretary for the implementation of this article from federal grants and other contributions, grants, bequests, and donations received from individuals, private organizations, or foundations; and

(V) Interest earned on deposits made to the fund.

(b) All moneys specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1) shall be transmitted to the state treasurer to be credited to the fund.

(2) (a) Any moneys received by the state from the federal government pursuant to HAVA shall be used by the state only for the purposes specified by the provisions of HAVA under which the moneys were provided.

(b) All moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the department for the proper administration, implementation, and enforcement of HAVA in accordance with the requirements of this article. All moneys in the fund at the end of each fiscal year shall be retained in the fund and shall not revert to the general fund or any other fund.

(3) Subject to available appropriations, the secretary may direct that moneys in the department of state cash fund created insection 24-21-104 (3) (b), C.R.S., as of July 1, 2003, be used to satisfy in whole or in part the requirement of section 253 (b) (5) of HAVA that the state appropriate funds for carrying out the activities for which federal payments are being made in an amount equal to five percent of the total amount to be spent for such activities. In order to assist the state in satisfying this requirement of HAVA, the secretary may assess the counties for a share of the financial requirement assessed against the state under HAVA as specified in this subsection (3) and may establish by rule a plan to fairly and reasonably allocate the financial obligation among the counties pursuant to this subsection (3).

(4) For the 2002-03 fiscal year, and for each fiscal year thereafter in which the state receives payments from the federal government in accordance with Title I of HAVA, and subject to available appropriations, the general assembly shall make an annual appropriation to the department out of moneys in the department of state cash fund for election-related purposes that is not less than the level of expenditures for such purposes maintained by the state for the 2001-02 fiscal year.

(5) For the 2002-03 fiscal year, and for each fiscal year thereafter in which the state receives payments from the federal government in accordance with Title I of HAVA, and subject to available appropriations, the secretary shall maintain out of moneys in the department of state cash fund a level of expenditures in support of the statewide voter registration system created in section 1-2-301 that is not less than the level of expenditures for such purposes maintained by the secretary for the 2001-02 fiscal year.

(6) For the county fiscal year that ends prior to November 1, 2003, and for each county fiscal year thereafter in which the state receives payments from the federal government in accordance with Title I of HAVA, each county shall maintain not less than the same amount of expenditures on activities arising under Title III of HAVA that it expended on such activities for its fiscal year ending prior to November 2002, excluding moneys expended during that period for capital expenditures on new voting equipment or any other one-time capital expenditure as determined by the secretary.

(7) The secretary may establish a program pursuant to which the secretary may award grants or loans to the counties for the purpose of assisting the counties in meeting any of the requirements imposed upon them pursuant to HAVA or by this article. In connection with the establishment of any such program created pursuant to this subsection (7), the secretary shall specify, without limitation, qualification requirements for eligibility to receive a grant or loan, administration of the grant or loan program, criteria for awarding a grant or loan, any limit on the total amount of moneys to be awarded in a grant or loan pursuant to the requirements of this subsection (7), any limit on the amount to be awarded to any one grant or loan recipient, auditing or reporting requirements for grant or loan recipients, penalty provisions where grant or loan moneys are expended improperly, and, in the case of loans, repayment terms. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each loan awarded pursuant to this subsection (7) shall bear interest at a specified rate.

(8) In response to the failure by a county to satisfy any of the requirements imposed upon it pursuant to this section, the secretary may deduct from the reimbursement to which the county would ordinarily be entitled pursuant to section 1-5-505.5 the amount of moneys owed by the county pursuant to this section.

(9) Any county may donate to the state equipment for voter registration purposes in accordance with part 3 of article 2 of this title, which equipment is determined to be usable by the secretary. In exchange for such donation, the county shall receive a credit in the amount of the fair market value of the item donated against the financial obligation assessed against the county pursuant to subsection (3) of this section.

 

Source: L. 2003: Entire article added, p. 2070, § 7, effective May 22.

Definition [Expenditure]

Any purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money by any person for the purpose of expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or supporting or opposing a ballot issue or ballot question. An expenditure is made when the actual spending occurs or when there is a contractual agreement requiring such spending and the amount is determined.

(b) “Expenditure” does not include:

(I) Any news articles, editorial endorsements, opinion or commentary writings, or letters to the editor printed in a newspaper, magazine or other periodical not owned or controlled by a candidate or political party;

(II) Any editorial endorsements or opinions aired by a broadcast facility not owned or controlled by a candidate or political party;

(III) Spending by persons, other than political parties, political committees and small donor committees, in the regular course and scope of their business or payments by a membership organization for any communication solely to members and their families;

(IV) Any transfer by a membership organization of a portion of a member’s dues to a small donor committee or political committee sponsored by such membership organization; or payments made by a corporation or labor organization for the costs of establishing, administering, or soliciting funds from its own employees or members for a political committee or small donor committee.

Section 2(8) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.

Definition [Contribution]

(a) (I) The payment, loan, pledge, gift, or advance of money, or guarantee of a loan, made to any candidate committee, issue committee, political committee, small donor committee, or political party;

(II) Any payment made to a third party for the benefit of any candidate committee, issue committee, political committee, small donor committee, or political party;

(III) The fair market value of any gift or loan of property made to any candidate committee, issue committee, political committee, small donor committee or political party;

(IV) Anything of value given, directly or indirectly, to a candidate for the purpose of promoting the candidate’s nomination, retention, recall, or election.

(b) “Contribution” does not include services provided without compensation by individuals volunteering their time on behalf of a candidate, candidate committee, political committee, small donor committee, issue committee, or political party; a transfer by a membership organization of a portion of a member’s dues to a small donor committee or political committee sponsored by such membership organization; or payments by a corporation or labor organization for the costs of establishing, administering, and soliciting funds from its own employees or members for a political committee or small donor committee.

Section 2(5) of article XXVIII of the state constitution.

 

C.R.S. § 1-45-103 further adds:

(b) “Contribution” includes, with regard to a contribution for which the contributor receives compensation or consideration of less than equivalent value to such contribution, including, but not limited to, items of perishable or nonpermanent value, goods, supplies, services, or participation in a campaign-related event, an amount equal to the value in excess of such compensation or consideration as determined by the candidate committee.

(c) “Contribution” also includes:

(I) Any payment, loan, pledge, gift, advance of money, or guarantee of a loan made to any political organization;

(II) Any payment made to a third party on behalf of and with the knowledge of the political organization; or

(III) The fair market value of any gift or loan of property made to any political organization.

C.R.S. § 1-45-103.

Definition [HAVA]

The federal “Help America Vote Act of 2002”, P.L. No. 107-252, codified at 42 U.S.C. sec. 15301 et seq.1. C.R.S. § 1-1.5-102.

Definition [State]

A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. C.R.S. § 1-8.3-102.

Definition [Election]

Any election under the “Uniform Election Code of 1992” or the “Colorado Municipal Election Code of 1965”, article 10 of title 31, C.R.S. C.R.S. § 1-7.5-103.

Definition [Donation]

(a) (I) The payment, loan, pledge, gift, or advance of money, or the guarantee of a loan, made to any person for the purpose of making an independent expenditure;

(II) Any payment made to a third party that relates to, and is made for the benefit of, any person that makes an independent expenditure;

(III) The fair market value of any gift or loan of property that is given to any person for the purpose of making an independent expenditure; or

(IV) Anything of value given, directly or indirectly, to any person for the purpose of making an independent expenditure.

(b) “Donation” shall not include a transfer by a membership organization of a portion of a member’s dues for an independent expenditure sponsored by such membership organization.

C.R.S. § 1-45-103.

Definition [Secretary]

The Colorado secretary of state. C.R.S. § 1-1.5-102.

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