Low voter turnout in Arizona city brings the idea of all mail-in election
BULLHEAD CITY, Arizona: During a two-hour city council on November 19, 2009, City Clerk Diane Heilmann presented a report that she conducted that highlighted the vast monetary differences of a traditional city election and an all mail-in election. The report calls for a mail-in election, that the city clerk states would save the city great amounts of money. Election turnout has been low, yet still costs the city $92,635 per election.
According to Heilmann: “…A traditional election requires payment for poll workers, training for poll workers, set up polling sites (10 sites in BHC), test voting equipment for each polling site, fee for replacement and maintenance of polling site equipment, payment of employees who pick up and deliver materials and ballots at polling sites, and payment for employees who work on board for opening and verifying results. Also, procuring polling site workers is becoming increasingly difficult.”
The report lists the arguments for this type of election:
- Higher percentage of voter participation
- Cleans up voter registration rolls and keeps them current because ballots mailed are non-forwardable
- Automatically meets early voting provisions
- Easier for shut-in and other limited-access voters