Windschitl estimates cost for voter photo id to be $145,000 initially
The City Council just passed a resolution opposing the voter photo id amendment citing cost as the biggest issue. KYMN spoke with Rice County Auditor, Fran Windshchitl he says the first year cost would be an estimated $145,000. $124,000 for the poll books which are used to gather data for same day registrants and would be a one time cost. although they would likely last about 10 years. Windschitl expects some maintenance to them as well. In regard to ongoing costs he said they would be over $25,000. Those monies would pay for staff time to verify same-day registrants and provisional voters. Those costs would trickle down to property owners in their tax bill. There are also costs to the city in providing additional ballot boxes and personnel. Windschitl has been with Rice Should the bill pass, Windschitl says there would be a push for more voter education. To falsify a vote is a felony.
In KYMN’s continuing series of candidate interviews, current Ward 3 councilor Erica Zweifel was in studio yesterday. She’s also on the Fire Service study group The new Public Safety Center has been a focal point during her term with the financing coming under scrutiny. Zweifel’s opponent, Jon Dennison will be in studio tomorrow. All the candidate interviews are archived online at kymnradio.net. Check our homepage and scroll down to see them all.
Council holds special meeting to select Ward 4 replacement and secure refuse contract
The Northfield City Council will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 o’clock before their work session. Ward 4 candidates will be interviewed and a possible decision made. Patrick Ganey left his position earlier this summer. Each candidate will have about 15 minutes of question and answer time including 3 minutes for a statement of their own. Council will make a decision on the Refuse contract. Staff distilled the numbers between Waste Management and DSI. For base service, DSI is a dollar three cheaper per month. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Carleton students protest Photo id
A group of students are organizing a demonstration against the proposed voter photo id amendment today at 12:15 on Carleton’s campus quad. Over 100 Carleton students, faculty and staff members will spell out VOTE NO with our bodies and a picture will be taken from above. Carleton’s event joins an event being held at the U of M earlier in the day and a similar event on St. Olaf’s campus on Thursday.
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