Eau Claire County clerk asks for $10K for more election ballots

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire County Clerk is asking for an additional $10,000, needed for ballots for the November election.

County Clerk Janet Loomis says her office had budgeted $20,000 for the entire year, but historical turnouts in the three previous elections this year was cited as a reason for the funding increase.

Loomis says the request is a transfer of money from the county's contingency funds.

"It's more than I budgeted for and I have no other place to get it from. So, that's why I'm asking the county to take it from contingency, which is a fund that the county has. They budget $300,000 a year - not that it's used, but it is for unexpected expenses, for whatever may happen in the county,” said Loomis.

Loomis says turnout for the November general election is anticipated to be higher than expected - roughly at 60 percent.

The full county board will vote on the measure at its next meeting September 18.