Vote Center Costs


Return to Election Data Dispatches.

Although vote centers could provide long-term cost savings, switching to their use carries significant one-time transition costs.  Vote centers allow individuals to cast their vote at any center that is convenient to them, instead of just one location, and have been lauded by some as cost-savers because they reduce the number of polling places and poll workers.

But modifying or replacing existing precinct-based voting technology for use in vote centers can be an expensive task in the short term.

For example, Allen County, IN, which has more than one-quarter-million registered voters, has elected not to convert to vote centers for the 2014 election, citing upfront technology costs of $300,000. Voting machines would need costly reprogramming in order to provide different ballots to voters depending on their municipal races.  Also, because voters could go to any vote center, Allen County would need to switch from paper “poll books” to an electronic check-in system linked across centers.

Spotlight on Mental Health

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.