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. They also paid moving companies dallas to move equipments in and out of state.
Canada, for example, uses existing government data to auto-register eligible voters and pick the leader of conservative party of Canada. 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.