The Bill for a Primary in Allen County

By Max Resnik
By Maureen Mespell

May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Postage for absentee ballots, poll workers at precincts and rental fees for some polling locations are just three of the costs Allen County considers when funding a primary election.

Polls for the May 8 primary open at 6 a.m. in Allen County. There are 128 polling locations in the county that are overseen by 825 poll workers. In those polling locations are also 470 voting machines.

In order to cover the costs of the 12 hour voting marathon in the county, Beth Dlug with the Allen County Election Board says the primary will cost between $250,000 and $280,000. Dlug says the majority of those costs figure into poll worker pay and absentee postage.

“Our biggest cost is poll workers and the people who actually go out to the polls and help us on election day. The other big cost that we have is postage, because we do a lot of absentee ballots that go out.”

While history shows the far majority of voters will not make it to the polls, the county still prepares as if they will. Dlug estimates that voter turnout will hover between 20 percent and 25 percent. There are 250,000 registered voters in Allen County. If every voter in the county were to cast a ballot, it would cost about $1 per registered voter.

Polls close at 6 p.m.

To view your precinct and your sample ballot, click “2012 May Primary Sample Ballot” under the related links section. Simply type in your address to view your precinct and sample ballot. You can also read about some of the issues and races in this year’s primary in related links.

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