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Election System Costs

 

Report on costs for all makers of election equipment in the US: Price of Voting, 2021

Report on structure of the election equipment industry in the US: Business of Voting, 2017

 

Independent software to tally ballot images is available from:

        Trachtenberg, Mitch (2013) Democracy Counts now used at https://electionstransparencyproject.com/news/ Free under open source license. It reads HART Intercivic ballot formats in Humboldt County, CA, and would need a skilled programmer to generalize it.

 

Contracts to reanalyze images (sole source: CO & MD)

updated 3/24/2022

Contract Cost (excludes government staff cost)

Number of ballots in elections shown

Cost per ballot sheet

Sources. The numbers are also in a spreadsheet.

Maryland, Clear Ballot

Maryland costs include contractor running software on its own equipment.

Maryland 2019-2022 Scope of Work, "cost of the audit does not increase based on the number of ballots"

Costs: pp.158-59 of bpw.maryland.gov/MeetingDocs/2020-Dec-02-Agenda.pdf

Sole source justification and price analysis required by BPW

Number of ballots: elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/index.html

2022 ballots based on 2018, since only 2% total population growth in 4 years https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MDPOP

Reports: https://maryland.clearballot.com/

2020-2022 totals

$1,751,226

8,243,880

$0.21

2020 special primary

$ 45,063

84,298

$0.53

2020 special general

$ 45,063

151,718

$0.30

2020 primary

$ 395,500

1,763,281

$0.22

2020 general

$ 395,500

3,037,030

$0.13

2022 primary

$ 435,050

872,305

$0.50

2022 general

$ 435,050

2,335,248

$0.19

Maryland 2016 estimate

 

 

$0.09

Source: https://www.elections.maryland.gov/press_room/documents/Post%20Election%20Tabulation%20Audit%20Pilot%20Program%20Report.pdf

Colorado, Clear Ballot

 

Montrose County 2020 general

Base Fee (in addition to per-ballot fee)

 

$ 12,200

 

25,160

 

$0.48

Source 9/27/21 Order

Fee based on number of ballots

$ 6,290

25,160

$0.25

Total

$ 18,490

25,160

$0.73

Contracts to re-scan & reanalyze

New York 100,000 registered voters

Buy 1 small scanner & server & 3 days training, assume 12 year life (3 Presidential elections)

 

$ 64,900

 

750,000 total 12 years

 

$0.09

2021-2026 online.ogs.ny.gov/purchase/spg/pdfdocs/2230023198PL_ClearBallot.xlsx

and online.ogs.ny.gov/purchase/spg/pdfdocs/2230023198Contractorinfo.pdf and online.ogs.ny.gov/purchase/spg/awards/2230023198CAN.HTM

Note: Costs per ballot drop with more ballots. Over 12 years this in-house re-scan and reanalysis costs less than contractor doing reanalysis in CO & MD.

 

4 million registered voters, with 30 million ballots over 12 years, is comparable to entire state of MD.

Annual maintenance/year (free 1st yr)

$ 5,960

Total 12 years

$ 130,460

750,000

$0.17

New York 4,000,000 registered voters

Buy 40 big scanners, 4 servers & 42 days training, 12 year life

 

$4,154,360

 

30,000,000

 

$0.14

Miami-Dade Florida, Clear Ballot

Buy 1 server, 16 scanners & 10 days training, assume 12 year life (3 Presidential elections)

 

$879,387

 

8,790,828 total 12 years

 

$0.10

Costs: http://votewell.net/miami2022cost.pdf

Contract: http://votewell.net/miami2022terms.pdf

Note: Miami pays more per registered voter and per ballot than a New York county of the same size would, initially and in annual maintenance. Direct comparisons are in the spreadsheet.

Annual maintenance/year (free 1st yr)

$163,536

Total 12 years

$2,678,283

8,790,828

$0.30