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Cost of voting in Ouachita Parish

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Another election day is upon us, and this time voter turnout in Ouachita Parish is expected to be low.

Whether it's four, or four hundred, votes are expensive. Each election costs the parish and state thousands of dollars, so how much does your vote cost?

On election day, three commissioners, and one commissioner-in-charge will be monitoring each precinct. Add their paycheck to the cost of voting materials, and it cost about $1200 to run each voting location in the state.

"There's 84 precincts in Ouachita Parish," says Clerk of Court Louise Bond.

That's more $100,800 to run Saturday's election in Ouachita Parish, where only three items are on the ballot. In May, there's another election for just one item.

"These are special called elections," says Bond, "if it's a tax renewal, the renewal came after the other election that we just had so that's why they have to call these special elections."

Why can't some of these elections be consolidated?

"There's a lot that goes into it you know," says Bond, "I don't know why they didn't do it this time."

According to the Secretary of State's office, even with four election dates scheduled this year, this is consolidated.

"A lot has been done," says Meg Casper with the Secretary's office, "we certainly agree that down the line we will look to consolidate even more."

Thousands of parish and state dollars will be spent Saturday, and the clerk says make it worth the money and remember to cast your vote. Because no city officials are being elected tomorrow, she does not expect a large turn out of voters but she hopes everyone will surprise her.

The polls will open up at 7am Saturday morning, and close at 8pm.

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