Elections Commission Reports Moving Election Could be Costly
The state Elections Commission reports that GOP plans to
2020 presidential primary from April to March would cost at least $7 million.
This move comes as part of a sweeping package of legislation in this lame-duck
session. Moving the primary would create three elections in three months – with
the state primary in February, the presidential primary in March, and the state
general election in April.
A commission memo estimates a third election would
run between $6.4 and $6.8 million – not including all local, training, and
software update costs.
It also warns of logistical hurdles, including
administrating absentee ballots for two elections at the same time and a short
deadline for post-election tasks while preparing for the next election.