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Will County Clerk touts savings on new voter registration cards

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry reviews redesigned voter registration cards with staff member Tanya Arias from her Voter Registration Department.
Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry reviews redesigned voter registration cards with staff member Tanya Arias from her Voter Registration Department.

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Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry announced Thursday that she will begin mailing redesigned voter registration cards that will generate what her office said is significant savings for taxpayers on postage and printing.

The cards are smaller, with content that has been streamlined to provide voters with all the information they need while complying with Illinois statutes, according to a news release.

Postage costs will drop from 45.9 cents to 28 cents a card. This will result in a savings of more than $900 on the first batch of about 5,100 cards scheduled for mailing this week.

The clerk’s office said that greater savings will be realized through the mass mailing of voter registration cards that is mandated by Illinois statute every two years. Based on current rates, the clerk’s office will save taxpayers a combined $161,000 in postage for the mailing of 450,000 cards in 2020 plus an additional 450,000 cards in 2022.

“I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled we were to crunch these numbers and present this savings to our local taxpayers,” Staley Ferry said in the release. “The information on these sleek, new voter registration cards has been simplified and reorganized to serve our voters in the most efficient manner possible. I will continue looking for ways to improve our services while significantly reducing costs.”

The new cards will also cut printing costs about in half because they are now being digitally printed at four cards a page. Before Staley Ferry took office, large cards were designed at two a page and printed on a four-color press, according to the release.

The clerk’s office added that the new cards are more environmentally friendly, reducing waste by increasing the number printed per sheet and reducing the size of the printed area that voters must cut away to make them fit a standard wallet.

The clerk’s office thanked Ken Spiegel Associates for working with her staff on redesigning the voter registration cards to meet the office’s needs.

Citizens who recently registered to vote will begin receiving the redesigned cards in the near future. The Will County Clerk’s Office then will send cards to newly registered voters in batches of about 1,500 in the coming months.

The next mass mailing of registration cards is scheduled for summer.

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