May 21, 2013 4:52 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - Last minute changes in state election laws and the potential recall of State Senator John Morse could leave the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office nearly $130,000 in the red.
Clerk Wayne Williams told the Board of County Commissioners today he estimates it will cost an additional $134,212 in order to meet the requirements of House Bill 13-1303. The anticipated Morse recall election will add another $150,738 to that price tag.
To help cover some of the cost, Williams suggested postponing construction of a branch clerk and recorders office at office at Fort Carson at a savings of $156,245. The Army had already indicated that they would have to postpone construction because of sequestration budget cuts.
However, even using those funds leaves a balance due of $129,705. Williams also pointed out that state lawmakers made no allocations to the counties to pay for the requirements of HB 1303.
The new election law allows for same day voter registration and requires counties to mail out ballots to all registered voters rather than just those who have participated in recent mail-in elections.