Paper ballots cost Westchester taxpayers nearly a half million dollars in a primary last year. Poll workers throughout the Lower Hudson Valley can earn a combined $1 million for each election. And it costs taxpayers an average of $150 for every vote cast during a primary in the region.
In today’s The Journal News and on LoHud.com, the Tax Watch team details the rising costs of holding elections in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.
Read the story here.
The switch three years ago to electronic voting machines, mandated by state and federal election law, and the growing number of election districts caused by redistricting – redrawing political boundaries – sharply increased the costs for personnel, overtime, moving and other expenses.
This chart (click to enlarge) breaks down the various costs for an individual primary. There will be three primaries held this year along with the general election in November.