"Bolivar County and the Board of Supervisors are thankful to the secretary and the state to help Bolivar County be more efficient in operating elections," said County Administrator Will Hooker.
According to a press release from the secretary of the state, "allocations from the Election Support Fund are distributed annually to each Mississippi county and may be used for, “the purpose of acquiring, upgrading, maintaining or repairing voting equipment, systems and supplies, hiring technical support and training election officials.”
Funds are proportionately distributed by population figures released by the United States Census Bureau, as required by State law."
The Elections Support Fund was created after the Help America Vote Act, which had previously been funding a majority of election costs, until those funds depleted.
It was then that the Mississippi Legislature created the Election Support Fund from money generated by annual report filings from out-of-state Limited Liability Companies.
According to a press release, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said, “The Elections Support Fund allows Mississippi to decrease its dependence on federal funding in our State’s elections process. Lean budget times should not hinder our right to vote.”
"We are all very appreciative that the state can fund these elections," said Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly.