Mendick: Towns paying for city elections

Clyne said that with the electronic machines, the votes themselves are more expensive, but fewer machines are needed per polling site.

Clyne also said, separately from Mendick's resolution, the county has been working on reducing the number of polling sites to further reduce the number of machines.

According to Mendick's plan, municipalities in proximity to one another can join together and share one common polling place to reduce election costs for the municipalities.

"Hypothetically speaking, if you have two polling districts right next to each other, one could have 500 registered voters, the one right next to it has 20 registered voters. If they would combine those two polling districts into one, they would combine half of the costs," said Mendick.

But essentially, Mendick said, the problem is that the costs of city elections are falling on the surrounding towns.

"The real sense here is that there are certain inefficiencies within the election process. There are some very small polling districts where there are 5, 10, 15 voters in that polling district. It needs to be staffed with the same amount of people as if there were 500 voters in that district," he said, "If there is no motivation to make that process more efficient by consolidation, then nothing is going to change."

Gannon said that the Town of Colonie thinks that Mendick's legislation sheds some light on the election process, but that everyone can do their part to make elections more cost efficient.

"Real savings can be achieved through efficiency in the way we conduct elections overall," he said.

Mendick said his legislation is really designed to help the people who matter most in elections " the voters. "As all politicians now are looking for ways to trim costs for the average taxpayer," he said.


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