COVID-Safety Voting Costing Cities Millions of Dollars
You’ve probably heard it a million times – it’s the most important election of our lives – and it’s probably the most expensive too … based on the millions it costs to try to protect the electors.
Get this … the estimated cost in LA County for this year’s general election is $ 91.7 million – $ 33 million more than the 2016 price of $ 58.5 million.
We’re told the added cost is a result of the massive amounts of product needed to clean and disinfect voting devices after each voter … as well as all the soaps, disinfectants and PPE provided to voters and workers.
There are also additional operational costs to make socially remote voting locations compliant … and special consideration for voters with disabilities or those with health issues.
Houston is seeing a similar increase in general election costs this year compared to 2016 – $ 33.2 million more than just $ 4.06 million … according to a Harris County spokesperson.
Among the new expenses – providing PPE including masks, gloves and a “finger condom” to all voters … as all polling stations have electronic touch screens.
The county has set up 10 drive-thru voting centers where drivers use a portable voting machine that looks like an iPad … and those don’t come cheap, either.
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