11.    Will vote by mail cost taxpayers more or less than the current system of polling-place elections?

The cost of elections has gone down In every state that has moved to vote by mail.  One study estimated that vote by mail in Colorado would decrease the cost of elections by 40%.

 

Currently, elections in West Virginia cost a lot on a per ballot basis, when compared with other states.

 

Every county clerk in WV is responsible for managing two elections:  one absentee, the other in-person with polling places.  Recruitment, training, management of poll workers (9000+ statewide), procurement and staffing of polling places (1700+ statewide), and processing of absentee ballot requests are all costs to taxpayers.  Procurement, maintenance, storage, security, and transportation of voting machines to supply every polling place add more to local costs.

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