Legislature passes bill mandating Kansas counties use watermarked paper ballots

The Kansas Legislature sent Gov. Laura Kelly a multifaceted election reform bill containing an unfunded mandate that local governments use ballots printed on watermarked paper. Rep. Emil Bergquist, a Park City Republican who carried the bill on the House floor, said he didn’t know the price tag of the watermark provision to be paid by county governments financed primarily with property taxes. One estimate indicated the increased cost could be $1 per ballot. If the 105 counties provided enough ballots for the Kansans who voted in the 2020 presidential election, the cost would be more than $1 million. Tim Carpenter, Kansas Reflector. 

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