Financing your freedom
PRINCETON — Whether you go to the polls today or not, Bureau County taxpayers will still pay tens of thousands of dollars for today’s, Tuesday’s, consolidated election.
On Monday, Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said today’s consolidated election is not as expensive as a primary election, which has political party ballots, but today’s election is still more costly than some due to the 200 different ballot styles needed.
There is a lot of work that is done behind-the-scenes in preparation for today’s election, Hieronymus said. As done for the past several years, the county has hired Liberty Systems of Tremont to provide the needed election supplies and programs, to set-up the ballots, clean the election machines and to program the machines and memory cards, among other responsibilities. That expense can run in the range of $60,000 to $80,000, she said.
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