Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
In Ohio, as well as most states, "elections directors, particularly those operating with touch-screen voting machines, say their charges for special elections are rising because of the rising costs associated with modern voting systems, including delivering and setting up machines, building rentals and custodial fees, the paper that backs up the touch- screen voting and training sessions." This is part of what HAVA is costing this country. Direct Recording Electronic voting machines are not just expensive to buy; they are expensive to operate. Local school boards, fire districts, port and park commissions who have historically used county elections equipment will no longer be able to afford to have elections to raise funds to do their work....
OH: Special elections cost whether taxes pass Charges for touch-screen machines going up LINK
VA: Virginia Takes Up Paper Ballot Legislation in 2007 Session LINK
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