The combined cost of the ballot tracking service, geolocation enhancements and registration validation technology is $625,000.
To help reduce wait times at polling places, voter check-in tablets would connect to a cellphone network at a cost of $550,000 for a statewide data plan.
The tablets would streamline the check-in process by combining several steps into one, eliminating the need for voters to fill out paper forms and verifying their information at the same time that they receive activation cards for voting touchscreens. Election officials would be able to remotely monitor check-in times, slowdowns and when equipment isn’t online.
The most expensive item on Raffensperger’s list is $4 million to replace power supplies for all voting touchscreens across the state.
The new power supplies would be more portable for poll workers, weighing 30 pounds instead of current equipment that weighs 80 pounds. Raffensperger said the average poll worker in Georgia is 65 years old.
Raffensperger is also seeking funding for the State Election Board, which handles allegations of election violations and creates election regulations. He sought a combined $240,000 for two State Election Board employees, a website, a travel budget and administration costs.
Among Raffensperger’s other budget requests are $2.8 million to replace the state’s corporate registration software, $390,000 for four additional investigators and $250,000 to display digital images of scanned paper ballots.
Raffensperger’s spending requests come on top of the $29 million planned for the secretary of state’s office in Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed budget.
The General Assembly must pass the state’s estimated $32.5 billion annual budget before this year’s legislative session ends March 29.