Northampton County election office seeks more money, and time, to handle historic mail-in election

Written by on September 11, 2020

Northampton County election office seeks more money, and time, to handle historic mail-in election

By Tyler Pratt

September 11, 2020

As of this week, 55 thousand Northampton residents have applied to vote by mail in November. That’s more than seven times the number of mailed-in ballots in the last general election. And with all the extra work, elections officials have asked the county for more money.

Pennsylvania was already set to have a vote by mail election this year. 

But the staggering increase in applications and changes to how the mail-in election will be conducted has increased costs. Amy Cozze is Northampton County’s election head. She says she just had to ask the county council for an additional 3 quarters of a million dollars. 

“Mandates like having return postage on the return envelope that was something that got handed down to us at the last minute and while the state plans on reimbursing us  – we have to pay for it now,” said Cozze.

Cozze says the county is also in need of a new election ballot scanning machine. But they couldn’t find one to buy. 

With Northampton County an election bellwether, Cozze says she knows the pressure is on – to get timely and accurate voting results in, as close to election night as possible.

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