RD345 - General Registrar/Director of Elections Salary and Duties Report – September 1, 2019

Executive Summary:

The following report is the result of research undertaken by the Department of Elections (ELECT) as requested in Chapter 854 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly, Item 83 (I) wherein the General Assembly requested that,

The Department of Elections, in collaboration with the Compensation Board, shall conduct a comparison of General Registrars' salaries, in relation to other local constitutional officers' salaries, between the years 1981 and 2018. Additionally, the Department shall prepare an analysis detailing the duties and job responsibilities for general registrars. The Department shall submit this information to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by September 1, 2019."

ELECT gathered information from the staff of the Compensation Board in a series of meetings and assembled the data gathered herein. Unfortunately, the Compensation Board stated that data for compensation to constitutional officers is not reliable prior to 1996 and general registrar salary data prior to 1996 is incomplete; therefore, we were unable to compare the salaries prior to 1996. In addition, the Department looked into the changes to the roles and responsibilities of general registrars/directors of elections dating back to 1996.

Finally, included is the 2020 election calendar, which will help explain the many deadlines and duties incumbent upon election officials in preparation for a General Election as part of their roles and responsibilities.