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Election Costs FAQs

How are Election Costs Estimated?

The election costs estimate formula uses the current number of registered voters and increases that number by an additional 10%. That amount is then multiplied by a low and high per voter cost estimate. An estimated cost to include a measure into the Sample Ballot Pamphlet is added if applicable.


How are Election Costs Calculated?

Election costs for participating jurisdictions are calculated using a cost allocation methodology. The election billing is calculated by adding all election related costs, allocating the overall costs by number of voters and polling places, and adding any unique costs such as sample ballot information for measures, candidates’ statements, maps, and signature verification.


What Costs are Included in the Overall Election Bill?

The costs include:

• Labor – The Registrar of Voters’ employees charge their time to election specific job codes for each election; therefore, actual hours and wages are charged to the election. In addition, benefits and indirect costs are charged on total wages.

• Services and Supplies – The services and supplies that support operations are inspector supply box, voting booths, official ballots, poll officer operations, phone bank operations, early voting, outreach operations, tally center, sample ballot pamphlets, candidate filing, vote-by-mail, and postage.


When Can I Expect My Election Bill?

It takes three to four months after an election to receive all final invoices and calculate the overall cost and cost allocation for each election.