As the State struggles to close a $2 billion budget deficit and counties work to close shortfalls of their own, MACo has gone on the record suggesting that committing massive new funds to replace a functioning voting system should not be a top priority. According to State Board of Election officials, the purchase and implementation of the new system will cost approximately $76.8 million. This cost is to be split 50/50 by the State and the counties. The counties’ share, approximately $38.4 million, would be allocated across the 24 jurisdictions based on the counties’ percentage of voting population.
Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties