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Office of the Secretary of State

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The Office of the Secretary of State is the chief election officer of the state and administers elections and voter registration in partnership with county auditors and election offices through the elections division; registers domestic partnerships, charities, nonprofits, and business entities, such as corporations, through the Corporations Division; preserves, manages, and provides access to the historical and legal records of state and local governments through the State Archives; provides access to Washington history, culture and government through the State Library, which also provides resources, leadership and coordination to community libraries throughout the state; provides accessible materials to the sight impaired through the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library; provides a confidential address for victims of domestic violence and stalking through the Address Confidentiality Program; encourages and facilitates charitable giving by state employees and retirees through payroll deductions through the Combined Fund Drive; and creates exhibits and publications of our state’s history, including oral histories, through Legacy Washington; and maintains the State Seal for use on official state documents and regulates its use. RCW: 18.100, 18.190, 19.02, 19.09, 19.34, 19.77, 23B, 24, 25, 26.60, 27.04, 29A, 36.22.170; 36.22.175, 40.06, 40.14, 40.24, 41.04, 42.56, 43.04, 43.07, and 65.24. State Constitution Article II, Sec. 1; Article III, Sec. 1,

Agency Mission

Provide the public with relevant information about, and access to, Washington State’s history, businesses, and elections. The office promotes public trust by: safeguarding vital government records, documents, and processes; preserving the integrity of elections in Washington State; providing the business community and public with easy access to information about corporations and charities; and leveraging technology to improve efficiency and customer services.
Request 121,245,000
Net change from current biennium (14,505,000) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium (10.7%) Decrease

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
9,111,070 1,013,070 General Fund - Federal 6,159,945 8,098,000 7,911,000
22,030,778 8,343,778 Election Account - Federal 4,502,739 13,687,000 4,316,000
405,000 405,000 General Fund - Private/Local
54,559,000 General Fund - State 30,441,666 54,559,000 50,927,000
9,677,000 Public Records Efficiency, Preserva - State 8,180,584 9,677,000 10,209,000
(5,573,000) State Building Construction Account - State 5,573,000 4,475,000
1,668,755 1,668,755 Disaster Response Account - State
900,000 Charitable Organization Education - State 607,731 900,000 901,000
11,516,000 WA State Library Operations Acct - State 9,987,936 11,516,000 11,325,000
11,027,000 Local Government Archives Account - State 9,362,243 11,027,000 10,290,000
960,000 960,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 959,000
1,800,000 1,800,000 Election Account - State
123,654,603 8,617,603 Total Appropriated Funds 70,201,844 115,037,000 100,354,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
(83,000) Wash State Legacy Proj, State Lib - Nonappropriated 703,888 83,000 65,000
(612,000) WA State Library Operations Acct - Nonappropriated 55,569 612,000 1,244,000
Washington State Flag Account - Nonappropriated 411
(19,058,000) Secretary of State's Revolving Acct - Nonappropriated 19,463,486 19,058,000 18,782,000
Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated 5,883,000
(960,000) Imaging Account - Nonappropriated 878,223 960,000 800,000
(20,713,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 26,984,576 20,713,000 20,891,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
5,330,794 5,330,794 State Building Construction Account - State 257,016
5,330,794 5,330,794 Total Appropriated Funds 257,016

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 52,556,855 75,611,147 31,596,906 54,463,000 61,797,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
12,410,040 14.6% 10,021,634 10.3% 9,051,946 8.4%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 276.9 280.9 256.6 297.7 297.7