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San Diego County Registrar of Voters receiving more funding amid increased election costs

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 16:56:31-04

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a request by the Registrar of Voters Office for an additional $1.8 million, in part to fund election cost overruns.

Some of the money will defray higher costs of printing ballot materials, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said. The Nov. 8 ballot will, for the first time, use two cards, which are filled front and back with elections for various offices and numerous propositions.

Vu told City News Service that the county allocated around $3.5 million on a contract with K&H Integrated Printing Solutions to handle printing and related services, but more money is needed.

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The fund has dwindled over the past year and a half because of the June primary and a special election in Carlsbad, among other things, Vu said.

Along with the higher costs for next month's election, money needs to remain on hand through the end of the fiscal year next June 30 if another special election is called, Vu said.

Such a vote would be needed if an officeholder resigns or if there is a follow-up election for a football stadium project in the event that Measure C, the Chargers downtown plan, fails next month.

The item was passed unanimously by the supervisors, without comment.