Last year, both Executive Lamont McClure and Northampton County Council were besieged by Nazareth parents upset about conducting elections at Butz Elementary School. The County countered that state law prefers that elections take place in public buildings. Nazareth, unlike other school districts, was reluctant to close on election day.
At Wednesday's Budget Hearing, Administrator Charles Dertinger reported that Nazareth Area School District has finally agreed to shut down on election day. What's more, the school district is allowing the use of the school cafeteria at Butz Elementary. Dertinger said that no one will be forced to wait in line outside
Elections will cost the County $868,000 this year. Next year, the cost is budgeted at $1,090,000, a 16.1% increase. The reason for this is because next year's election is a presidential election.
Registrar Amy Hess told Council that no polling precinct will be seeking an increase in rent. She added the County will use 286 of its 320 ExpressVote XL machines.