What’s the cost of the special election to replace former Rep. Nathan Deal in Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District?:
The cost estimate for nearly 394,000 voters to take part in a special election in Georgia’s 9th Congressional district could be as much as $240,000.
In an already-tight budget year for most local governments in the state, the 15 counties of north central and northwest Georgia are bracing their bank accounts for an election to fill former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal’s seat in Congress.
While those employees will still need elections training, pulling a Forsyth County employee from the street department or the parks department instead of hiring poll workers to run 28 precincts could mean the difference between a $40,000 election and a $50,000 election, Luth said.
In Hall County where there are in excess of 86,200 registered voters — about 20,000 fewer than Forsyth — Charlotte Sosebee, the county’s interim elections supervisor says it will cost about $45,000 to open the county’s 39 precincts.
Sosebee has said in the past that a special election would require her to ask the Hall County Board of Commissioners for more money this fiscal year to fund elections.
Election costs are highest in Forsyth and Hall counties. Election officials from other counties in the district say they will be paying anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 to open the polls and count the votes in the May 11 election, whether registered voters show up or not.
In Catoosa County, the cost is about $1,000 for each of the 12 voting precincts, according to elections official Donna Bomar.
But you know, it was totally worth it to resign and avoid the impact of that ethics report, which was unanimously approved and released by the three members appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and three members appointed by Minority Leader John Boehner. Right?