Additional $1.8 million approved to fund local election costs

Poll worker Darlene Farnes examines some mail-in ballots at a polling station at a high school June 7, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo:  BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll worker Darlene Farnes examines some mail-in ballots at a polling station at a high school June 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo: BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)

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 says 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.

“This is an unprecedented election with a two-card ballot being required for the first time in the County.  I very much appreciate the Board of Supervisors’ on-going support, who today, recognized the resources necessary to carry on the November 2016 Presidential Election,” 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.

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