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City’s election costs up 26 percent

Submitted by on December 7, 2018 – 12:34 amNo Comment

The City of Alpena’s cost to conduct the November General Election was up significantly from one year ago.

A total of $11,093 was spent on the election, an increase of more than 26-percent over the 2017 General Election cost of $8,783.

City clerk, treasurer and finance director Anna Soik says the increase was due to added training for staff and election workers, instituting an absentee voter counting board, and extra ballots.

The cost of ballots alone was $2,105.  The largest expense of nearly $7,200 covered election worker’s training and wages.

Soik says 4,426 voters showed up at the polls or 54 percent of the electorate.  Only 23 percent cast a ballot during the November 2017 election, but 59 percent voted during the November 2016 Presidential Election.

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