Requiring non-resident property owners to vote by absentee ballot could save the town of Charlotte over $2,200 in election costs, according to projections by the Dickson County Election Commission. Charlotte and Slayden are the only two municipalities in Dickson County that allow people who don’t live but do own property within the town limits to vote in municipal elections, known commonly as “property rights voting.” There are currently 74 non-resident registered voters in Charlotte and three in Slayden. With Charlotte electing a mayor and six town council members in August, new statewide requirements for maintaining separate property rights voting records as a result of a lawsuit could add more than $2,600 to Charlotte’s election costs. Administrator of Elections Linda Medley presented the election commission with a projected budget of $1,047.94 for Charlotte’s municipal election at Tuesday night’s meeting. That budget does not include the additional cost for property rights voting. If non-resident property owners are allowed to vote in Charlotte’s election during early voting and on election day, it will add $2,664.98 to the cost of the election, with half of that cost coming from 22 new ballot boxes to accommodate a separate database at every voting machine in the county. But Medley has said the state will allow those cities with property rights voting to pass an ordinance that requires non-resident votes to be cast only by absentee ballot. Medley estimates that would reduce the additional cost for Charlotte to $443.74, requiring no additional poll workers and only two new ballot boxes. Medley said she will present the election budget estimate and the proposal for making property rights voting by absentee ballot to the Charlotte Town Council at its Jan. 28 meeting. With its municipal election coming up in November, Medley said she also will present budget projections to Slayden Mayor Gary Hodges at a future meeting.