Money, Money, Money
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
According to the Pew Foundation case study The Real Cost of Voter Registration, it costs the State of Oregon between $4.11 – $7.67 per voter registration transaction. Therein lies another crazy statistic about our election system.
Canada, for example, uses existing government data to auto-register eligible voters. This system costs roughly $0.26 per voter.
Something closer to home? Arizona allows residents to register online. One voter registration paper card in Arizona costs the State $0.83, however online registration costs $0.03 per voter.
If we cut wasteful spending out of our election system, moving election day to the weekend would be a piece of cake and voter turnout would increase.
Photo of money toilet paper via sabtheartist.com.