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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Popular Progressive: Instant (Voter Registration) Kharma Gonna Get You

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive
Auditors around Iowa are concerned about the cost of same-day, instant voter registration. In Johnson county, it is estimated that it will cost an extra $20,000 to bring in 100 extra people to staff the polls. It is also projected that 10% more voters will show up at the polls to vote on election day. Depending on the type of election, this works out to add between $3 per vote (based on the 2004 Johnson county presidential election turnout) and $51 per vote (for the 2005 county school board election) to the expense of the auditor's office.* (This assumes 1) the same amount of workers regardless of election-type and 2) the same % turnout increase)


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