Philly elections chief pleads for more money as costs explode

With elections, you get what you pay for — and the costs are rising. That’s the message Philadelphia elections chief Lisa Deeley delivered to City Council during a budget hearing Tuesday, pleading with lawmakers to provide more money — and in a stable, predictable way — as major elections loom. The costs of running elections have exploded as Pennsylvania is transformed by new voting machines and the dramatic expansion of mail voting. The city commissioners, the office that runs elections, have repeatedly had to ask for additional “mid-year transfers” of money. In the current fiscal year, for example, the office is on track to spend about 24% more city money than originally budgeted. Jonathan Lai, The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

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