Economically challenged Republicans in the General Assembly are so concerned about the high cost of early voting that they're making up facts to bolster their anti-democratic policies. Dave Ribar, professor of economics at UNC-Greensboro, sets them straight. From Applied Rationality.
- Voting is a fundamental right. While it's hard to place an exact value on how much early voting contributes toward extending this right, it seems that it would be worth at least a nickel.
- A review of the schedules shows that counties offered a total of 1,104 "site days" during the first week of voting in 2010. The NCGA Fiscal Research Division (FRD) estimates that each site cost $389 per day to operate. Using this figure, the average county spent just $4,295 (or $429,500 across the entire state) to accommodate the first week of early voting. Divided among the state's 9.6 million residents, the cost of operating the sites was less than a nickel per person -- literally pennies.
Please go read the rest of Dr. Ribar's blog post, and send it to your both your representative in the General Assembly and to your local newspaper. If you're unfortunate enough to be represented by a Republican, however, don't bother. They think you'd rather have a nickel than the convenience of early voting.
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