here they consolidated about 20 voting precincts all across town into 3. i have worked as an election judge/official for 5-6 different elections. with atleast 6 officials/judges per site at $175 per day (probably more now) i can attest theyre saving some good gubment money.
we used to tally some of the absentee ballots as well. i can tell you that back in '92 it cost about $100 for every ballot mailed out, received, and then be processed. America spends alot of $$$ to get your vote.
whats funny is most people i know did early voting to avoid the long lines and ended up waiting in long lines.