Cities and towns to be re­im­bursed $1.1M for elec­tion costs

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

BOS­TON (AP) — Mas­sachusetts com­mu­ni­ties will be re­im­bursed more than $1.1 mil­lion for the un­funded costs of early vot­ing in the 2018 gen­eral elec­tion.

State Au­di­tor Suzanne Bump last month sur­veyed city and town clerks to add up the costs as­so­ci­ated with early vot­ing in the midterm elec­tions — and whether any of those costs could be con­sid­ered an un­funded man­date.

The money for the re­im­burse­ments will come from fund­ing al­lo­cated to state Sec­re­tary Wil­liam Galvin’s of­fice in a sup­ple­men­tal bud­get passed late last year.

Galvin said that as the state works to ex­pand early vot­ing and in­crease voter ac­cess and con­ve­nience, it needs to make sure lo­cal elec­tion of­fi­cials are given the re­sources they need to hold suc­cess­ful elec­tions.

More than 584,000 vot­ers cast bal­lots dur­ing the early vot­ing pe­riod last year.

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