Monday, September 24, 2007

Vote when to Vote! part 2

More analysis on costs. Turns out it's not the case that we'd save a solid $12,000 that we normally think of as the cost of an election, as shown in the spreadsheet provided by our Town Clerk.

Here's our Town Clerk's cover email text:

From: Burgess, Sandra
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 11:32:38 AM
To: Shaffer, Larry
Cc: Select Board

Good Morning Larry,

At the finish of our meeting last week I promised to work up a spreadsheet which would more accurately reflect the cost savings of running two elections on one day.

I have attached a spreadsheet and added comments. Extra staffing would be required at the polling places but other costs could be reduced by half.

All other costs, i.e. ballots, programming would remain the same, and as I mentioned before, if the two elections were to be combined, I would to have the opportunity to speak with you about hiring temporary help for 4 - 5 weeks prior to voting.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the spreadsheet.


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