So, how much does a special election really cost?

When Dick Zimmer stepped down, and they had to throw a special election- the price quoted was $80,000.

When the Dayton Public School levy fails, the price quoted is $150,000.

What gives?

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5 Comments on "So, how much does a special election really cost?"

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Bruce Kettelle

For the 11 peolple in Marysville Ohio that voted on their Fire Levy the price was $384 each.


This is a ballpark estimate. I think the going price is between $900.00 and $1000.00 per precinct per election. Dayton has 151 precincts, understanding that not all precincts are in the DPSD and parts of Riverside, Huber and Jefferson Township are in the DPSD, that would be a bit close $150,000 or over.

When Uncle Dick Z was around the voting was done on paper with chads. The price may have been a bit cheaper then.

David Esrati
David Esrati

Shouldn’t it be cheaper without having to print ballots- and easier to count?
There has to be a cheaper way to do this?
Vote by mail anyone?


Voting by mail will come to Ohio soon. Our new and welcomed Secretary of State, Jen Bruner, has suggested that all special elections be conducted by mail. Cheaper? Probably not. What the county would gain when not paying four pollworkers at each location you have to pay for in extra office staff processing up to 100 thousand applications, ballots and receiving the voted ballots. Doing elections right, meaning accessible and honest, will never be cost effective or remotely cheap.

Bruce Kettelle

Mail in special elections could have some benefits. Either it will be easier (and cheaper) because of the low turnout as in the case of Dayton’s levy only 21,034 people voted (around 20%) or even better it will allow more people to vote that might not make the trip to the poll for a one issue election.