Date Requested: January 28, 2015
Time Requested: 09:15 AM
Agency: Secretary of State
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1412 Introduced SB71
CBD Subject: Elections


FUND(S):

1601 Filing Fee

Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    The change in legislation to require write-in candidates to pay 25% of the filing fee will increase revenue as much as $19,955 in presidental election years and as much as $3,120 in non-presidetal election. There will be little to no cost increase due to the legislation.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 19,955 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    Using the actual number of write-in candidates for years 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and appluing the proposed 25% of the filing fee, the estimated revenue was computed. The results are below.
    
    2008 $12,650
    
    2010 $ 1,405
    
    2012 $19,955
    
    2014 $ 3,120



Memorandum


    If the write-in filing fee would have been in place in the previous years of 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, the number of write-in candidates may have been lower than the numbers used in the estimate.
    
    The State of West Virginia does not keep any of the filing fees. The fees are refunded to the counties. So all the increase revenue will go to the counties none to the state.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: John Sandoro SOS
    Email Address: jsandoro@wvsos.com