It would be more expensive to conduct an all-mail election in Clark County for the 2nd Congressional District seat than holding a one-day election at polling places, county Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said Tuesday.
Lomax said he informed Secretary of State Ross Miller that a mail-in election on Sept. 13 to fill the seat formerly held by Dean Heller would cost $75,000, compared to $33,000 for an election at 12 polling places with three workers at each place.
The reason is the U.S. Postal Service would require that all ballots be sent out and returned by first-class mail. There also would be printing costs for the ballots. “It would definitely be more expensive to do mail,” he said. “Until the Postal Service lets us use third-class mail, it is always going to be more expensive to do mail elections.”
Miller has asked the state’s 17 voting registrars and county clerks by Friday to give him figures on the cost of doing an all-mail versus a regular election.
The special election was set by Miller after Gov. Brian Sandoval’s decision to appoint Heller, a third-term congressman, to replace resigning John Ensign in the U.S. Senate.
… The 2nd District covers the entire state, expect for urban areas of Clark County. Only 33,000 registered voters in Clark County live in the district.