Board of Elections: voters not taking what they pay for in primary elections

NORWICH – Having spent tens of thousands of dollars on primary elections this year and seeing a low voter turnout, the Chenango County Board of Elections says votes are costing local taxpayers big money and few are taking advantage of what they pay for.

According to the Board of Elections, Chenango County footed a total $19,550 for the primary vote held earlier this month. While the election was a county-wide Democratic primary and a Republican primary for residents in the 52nd Senatorial District, it drew only 764 Democratic votes (approximately 11 percent of the county’s 7,145 registered Democratic voters) and only 1,610 Republican votes (approximately 19 percent of 8,362 Republican voters in the county’s 52nd Senatorial District).

In all, the average cost to the county was near $7.34 per vote, according to the department.

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