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State of Ohio - Controlling Board Request
30 East Broad Street, 34th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3457
(614) 466-5721 FAX:(614) 466-3813
Status:  Denied
Meeting Date:  9/14/2020


Secretary of State's Office

Secretary of State's Office

Authorization Requested Pursuant
to Revised Code Section 131.35
Increase Appropriation Authority
Create a New Fund
Establish Appropriation Authority
Fiscal Year(s)
Bill No.
H.B. 166

Line Item
Line Item Name
FYCurrent Appropriation AmountAmount of Increase or New Fund Total
Appropriation Amount
5990 050635 2020 General Election Ballot Return Postage 2020

Frank LaRose 09/14/2020
Agency Director or Authorized Agent On The Date Of
08/18/2020 DENIED
Date Controlling Board President/OBM Director
Name:  Deckard Stanger Title:  Chief Financial Officer
Phone:  (614) 995 - 5999 Fax:  E-Mail:
  The Secretary of State's Office respectfully requests Controlling Board approval to establish appropriation authority in the amount of $3,000,000 for FY 2021, in Fund 5990, ALI 050632 (2020 General Election Ballot Return Postage).  
  This appropriation of state funds will be used by the Ohio Secretary of State to pay the cost of returning absentee ballots on behalf of any Ohio voter who opts to use that manner of voting in the November 3, 2020 General Election. This will not expand Ohio's existing absentee voting opportunities and will not permit universal vote by mail. There will still be in-person voting at polling locations on Election Day, November 3, 2020. No fault absentee voting has been available in Ohio since 2005 and is a safe and secure option for four reasons: 1. Ohio maintains accurate voter lists. 2. Ohio prohibits ballot harvesting. 3. Ohio requires voters to affirm their identity with personally identifying information and a valid signature. 4. Ohioans can track their absentee ballot at No local or county funds will be used for this purpose.

The General Assembly rightly paid the cost of postage for voters in the completion of Ohio's March 17th primary following the closure of election day polling locations under an order from the Director of the Ohio Department of Health due to the unique challenges faced by voters at that time. Many of those same factors, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, are still present. Therefore, it is necessary for the Secretary of State's Office to make these expenditures of state funds on behalf of voters who face health concerns during the pandemic.
Attachments Controlling Board Request No.: SOS0100087
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Fund/Appropriation Request 
Required Information
Controlling Board Request No.: SOS0100087
1. Identify the source of additional revenue (e.g., increase in fee, increase in state or federal grants, etc.).
  The Secretary of State's Office will use the existing fund balance and revenue sources in fund 5990 for this request.
2. If applicable, explain why creating and/or increasing a new fund and/or line item is more appropriate than depositing the revenue into an existing fund and increasing the appropriation authority of an existing line item.
Time line: Has the revenue been received? Yes
Provide the receipt date of the revenue. Current Cash Balance
4. For federal funds only, provide the following information:
a. Grant identification number from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance:
b. Amount of state matching funds required: 0
c. Source (appropriation line item) of that match:
d. Statutory or executive authority for participation in the program:
  Include a brief summary of the text or a copy of the reference.  
5. How will the additional appropriation and/or cash be used?
  This additional appropriation will be used to pay for return postage of ballots from voters to boards of elections at the direction of SOS.
  Provide the following information below relative to this budgetary adjustment. NOTE: If a new fund and new appropriation authority are being requested, the "Current" and "Requested" columns are not required.
Account Category Account Category Description Current Appropriation Authority Requested Increase in Appropriation Total Appropriation Authority
500   Personal Services - Payroll   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
510   Purchases Personal Services and Others   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
520   Supplies and Maintenance   $0.00   $3,000,000.00   $3,000,000.00
530   Equipment   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
550   Subsidies and Shared Revenue   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
570   Capital Items   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
590   Judgements, Settlements and Bonds   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
Other   Other   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
Total: $0.00 $3,000,000.00 $3,000,000.00
6. For each additional amount shown in the table, provide a short description of what the dollars will be used to accomplish. For example, if increasing a subsidy account category, provide detail on the added recipients or the allocation formula for distribution of moneys. For Account Category 500, respond to specific questions in number 9 below.
Account Category Short Description
520 Postage costs for the return of absentee ballots from voters to boards of elections
7. Will this transfer be used to maintain current service levels, expand an existing program or activity, or begin a new program? Explain.
  This appropriation will be used to pay for return postage of ballots from voters to boards of elections.
8. Based upon the response to number 7, explain how these services or programs would have been funded if this
additional funding were not available.
  These return postage costs could not be paid for by SOS without this appropriation increase.
9. Account Category 500-Personal Services:
a. Explain why changes are being requested in the personal services account category 500.
b. How many existing staff are being affected by this transfer? 0
What appropriation line item are they currently being paid?  N/A
c. How would these existing staff have been affected if these additional funds were not available?
d. Will new staff be hired as a result of the additional funds?  No
10.  List any other transfers involving these appropriation line items and/or cash approved by the Controlling Board in the current biennium, including the date and requested amount of the adjustment(s).
ALITransfer DateTransfer AmountCBR Number