- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama secretary of state says an error that prompted the reprinting of nearly three million ballots cost the state $450,000.

Secretary of State John Merrill on Friday announced the final cost for the reprint. He said the exact cost was $459,690.80.

Merrill says an employee made a transcription error in a proposed amendment aimed at shoring up funding for the state park system.

The original ballot left off language to prevent the Alabama Legislature from diverting money generated by Alabama’s state parks for other government purposes. The amendment also allowed the state park system to hire more private entities to operate more hotels and amenities in the state.

The amendment was approved last month.

Merrill said the employee who made the error no longer works in the office.

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