Election Costs

After Election Day Confusion, Hawaii Gov Pushes Full Mail-In Voting

BY: - November 27, 2012

On the heels of an Election Day plagued by long lines and mass confusion, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie says he’s pushing for major changes to voting on the islands — mainly, the elimination of the traditional Election Day altogether. Abercrombie will propose legislation in the coming session to move Hawaii toward a 100 percent mail-in […]

Report: Cost of Walker Recall Effort Topped $80 Million

BY: - July 26, 2012

Wisconsin’s unprecedented 15 recall races for governor, lieutenant governor and state senate in 2011 and 2012, prompted a record amount of campaign spending, according to a report released Wednesday (July 25). Candidates, groups and committees spent a total of about $137.5 million on races, including about $84.5 million in support of Republicans, according to the […]

New York’s Three Primaries Cost Counties, Confuse Voters

BY: - June 28, 2012

New York State held a primary on Tuesday — not for the first time in 2012, and not for the last. Bizarre as it sounds, New York is conducting three separate primary elections this year: for president in April, for Congress in June, and for state and local offices in September. The spring, summer and […]

Penny Pinching at the Polling Place

BY: - August 27, 2010

Getty Images For the people who hold elections in West Virginia, the passing of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd in June was upsetting in more ways than one. West Virginia had already held its primary election in May. So the special primary to pick candidates to run for Byrd’s seat, scheduled for Saturday (August 28), […]

Election-Reform Funds About to Be Sent to States

BY: - March 24, 2004

States cleared a major hurdle in their long wait to receive nearly $2.3 billion in federal funds to update their election systems and make them more reliable. But the money will be coming too late for a complete overhaul before this Election Day. The Election Assistance Commission, a federal panel formed as part of the […]