Recall Election Costs Adding Up
Recall election costs are starting to add up. County clerks predict it could cost the state up to a million dollars or more. Video by nbc26.comvideo
As the recall primary for governor creeps closer, things heat up for both candidates and taxpayers. County clerks say the recall could get costly around the state.
From printing ballots to bringing-in extra staff, it's predicted to have a price tag close to a million dollars or more.
"People have no idea what goes into all these elections," Brown County Clerk Darlene Marcelle said.
Marcelle's hands don't stop moving.
"We're putting all of the legal notices together and getting the ballots together," Marcelle said.
As the Brown County Clerk, she prepares for the governor recall elections--which come with a price.
"The legal notices and paper are very expensive, the ballots, the programming of the ballots and printing of the ballots. That's all very expensive," said Marcelle.
Marcelle says last year's senate recall elections cost Brown County alone, close to $150,000.
Keep in mind, there's 71 other counties in the state.
"I would imagine your larger counties will cost a little more. Simply because they have more precincts and staff," Marcelle said.
Political analyst David Littig says another cost--fake democratic candidates.
"The silliness it costs. You have to print those ballots up, go through the whole process, and then count those ballots," Littig said.
Since taxpayers fund the vote, Littig hopes there won't be a rift between democrats.
"Supporters of the candidate that does not win the primary, are they less likely to vote on election day?" Littig wonders.
Marcelle hopes that's not the case.
"I think it's important after spending all this money, and all the resources, that people go out and vote," Marcelle said.