Eau Claire (WQOW) — Eau Claire County officials are asking for more money for the upcoming November midterms because of higher voter turnout.
Eau Claire County Clerk Janet Loomis requested $10,000 of the county’s contingency fund be transferred for additional 2018 election costs. The money would be used to buy more ballots.
Loomis told News 18 voter turnout rose for each election so far in 2018, hence the need for more ballots.
“You want voters to vote, you want voter participation to put their candidate forth to either be elected or put them forth to the election, so I think that’s a good thing,” Loomis said.
Loomis explained the $10,000 will come from the $300,000 already budgeted in the contingency fund, so it won’t cost taxpayers anything extra.
The request will first be discussed by the Committee on Finance and Budget on Monday. Then it will be presented to the Eau Claire County Board at its meeting next week.