Nancy Doty, Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder
Here is an e-mail between Frank Atwood and Nancy Doty, Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder. This e-mail exchange concludes that the cost difference between Approval Voting and conventional voting is non-existant.
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:51 PM
To: Clerk & Recorder Email Folder
Subject: Cost difference for conducting an Approval Voting election
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder,
Do you concur the cost difference for conducting Approval Voting rather than typical "vote for only one" elections is non existent?
Approval Voting allows the voter to select more than one candidate; it removes the "vote for only one" restriction. [Approval Voting is not IRV - Instant Runoff Voting, which does have ranking, functions and logic beyond summation.]
With others, I have discussed the cost difference for conducting Approval Voting elections. Some have argued that there would be additional costs because of more votes being cast, or set up programing expenses, or voter education expenses; others have argued that there would be less cost because there are still the same quantity of ballots, however with less handling of over voted ballots. We may be arguing over miniscule differences that are non existent or cancel each other out.
Thank you for handling the November 2007 Centennial Colorado Charter Commission election in which the voter had the opportunity to vote for 21 of the 35 candidates.
In advance thank you for your response,
Approval Voting USA
From: Nancy Doty
To: Frank Atwood
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:04 PM
Subject: FW: Cost difference for conducting an Approval Voting election
I concur with you in that the difference for conducting approval voting rather than "typical" voting is pretty much non existent.