Who pays for elections? A. the federal government B. the parties C. the state D. the counties E. corporate sponsors  

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boomer-sooner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The correct answer is C and D; however; the most proper answer is D) the counties.

The majority of the cost of paying for elections falls upon the local voting jurisdiction, the county.  Oklahoma and Hawaii are two exceptions where the state maintains the majority of the costs.  In California, the counties are responsible unless the state mandates a certain election requirement.  In this case, California will reimburse the counties for the cost such as mailing absentee ballots.  Election costs are typically recovered from the same general expenditure fund used to fund libraries, maintain parks or road maintenance.  During federal elections, states can utilize the franking system to avoid costly mail fees.  Franking is a method of sending mail via the postal system replacing a stamp with the state senators signature.  It can only be used for official business and nonpartisan voter registration or election information.