By Chris McKenna for Time Herald-Record:
As lawmakers push for state aid to help counties shoulder the cost of implementing early voting this fall, the amounts the Assembly and Senate have requested pale in comparison to what county taxpayers may have to spend on poll-station equipment, workers and other costs.
The statewide estimate, not including the cost of electronic poll books for New York City, is more than $145 million, according to a state Board of Elections spreadsheet obtained by the Times Herald-Record that shows a detailed breakdown of projected expenses given by election commissioners in the 57 counties outside New York City.
That total rises to as much as $175 million with the addition New York City’s poll books, which a Board of Elections spokesman said will cost an estimated $20 million to $30 million.
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