Election Commissioners did not go along with an idea by Commissioner Kelvin Scott to provide food for poll workers on election day.
Commissioner Scott noted that staff members at the election office get food brought in.
He said the same perk should apply to all.
Commissioner Chris Clem noted there are 82 precincts and it would be a logistics headache to try to get food out to all. Officials said there are some 750 people who would be getting fed.
Commissioners Mike Walden and Ruth Braly agreed. Jerry Summers was absent.
Scott Allen, assistant election administrator, said staff members get food because they are busy all day on election day and do not have time to go out for meals. He said the money for food for the election staff members comes mainly from "a few hundred dollars" that is made each year from office soft drink machines.
Commissioner Scott said if that is the case then money should be removed from a food item in the annual budget that was presented by Administrator Kerry Steelman. Mr. Walden, the chairman, agreed.
Mr. Steelman said the upcoming budget will be down by four percent.
He noted that the only big election is the March presidential preference voting.