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18. MO: Precincts face higher election costs

Precincts face higher election costs
Electronic voting machines more expensive to maintain

By Kalen Ponche
Saturday, January 26, 2008 12:50 PM CST

St. Charles County voters have used electronic voting equipment since April 2006, but the Election Authority is starting to feel the pinch of maintaining that equipment.

For the past three years, the Election Authority has charged political subdivisions - the municipalities, fire districts and school districts with items on the ballot - $4,500 per precinct to run an election.

But the new electronic voting machines are more expensive to use and maintain, said Rich Chrismer, director of the St. Charles County Election Authority. As a result, the price to put on the election is going up by $1,000 per precinct this year.In 2005, St. Charles County ordered 180 new optical voting machines and 180 touch-screen voting machines. The federal Help America Vote Act paid for counties across the country to get rid of the punch-card method of voting.

"(The federal government) wanted to have voting equipment that allowed the disabled to vote independently," Chrismer said. "Then they also wanted to replace punch cards. .. The optical scan is faster, considerably faster, and the accuracy is unbelievable."
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