Elections should be less expensive once Boone County adopts vote centers.
Jessica Fouts, a Boone County deputy clerk, described those savings to the Boone County Council Tuesday, June 10, before the council unanimously endorsed a resolution approving the creation of vote centers.
By trimming the current 22 polling locations to eight early voting locations and adding a ninth on election day, the county will cut the expense of one election from $42,500 to between $28,000 and $32,000, Fouts said.
"There's a lot of room to reduce those costs even further," said Fouts, who won the Republican Party nomination to run for county clerk in November, succeeding Penny Bogan. Bogan cannot run again because of term limits.
Between 20 and 25 electronic poll books must be purchased for the general election, Fouts said.
"We have plenty to cover the startup costs," she said.
The county has $158,000 remaining from a Help America Vote Act grant; those funds will be used to buy the epoll books, pay for a mass mailing notifying voters of the polling location changes, and other costs, Fouts said.
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