Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced today that voters who choose to mail their absentee ballots for the November 8 elections will get the postage paid on their returned ballots. “This is really cost-effective for voters. They will save gasoline and they will save time,” said Hayes. It’s also cost-effective for the County. Satellite voting at each of the taxing districts holding elections this fall could cost over $30,000 for two poll workers at each city hall & fire district office for two weeks. By contrast, envelopes & anticipated return postage costs for up to 10,000 voters could be about $5,500/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release.
Question: Is this a good move on the clerk's part?