What Does an Election Cost?

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

Pamphlets, ballots and voting inspectors, they're all are election necessities, and they all come with a price tag.

Nearly 330 Inspectors, people who watch over the precincts and account for ballots at the end of the night, get paid between $100 and $150 for their services.

The city spends between $2,000 and $3,000 on publication costs for required pamphlets and voting notices. It costs about $5,000 to print ballots and papers associated with voting day.

The rest of the costs come with overtime for city officials who stay beyond their shifts to tabulate votes.

This election, the Capital Area District Library will split the election bill with the City of Lansing because it has an issue on the ballot.


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