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Gillespie County election costs balloon after switch to hand count

The bigger bill for the GOP primary in Gillespie County illustrates how election costs could rise if hand counting of ballots is widely adopted.

By Natalia Contreras, Votebeat and The Texas Tribune
An election worker hand counts ballots inside of The Edge in Fredericksburg on Mar. 5, 2024. Many of the election workers had been counting since seven in the morning on Election Day.

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