Special election to replace Deal to cost $250k

March 30, 2010 6:49 am

by Jason · 22 comments

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.
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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.
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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?

VeryFast March 30, 2010 at 7:13 am

I wonder how much it is costing the each of the candidates?

Technocrat March 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

Simple when you resign from an elected position short of term for non health [to run for another office] reasons make the campaign PAY for the interm election.

Now if you get indicted and plead/found guilty the cost just gets added to the fine and prision sentence.

Either way the evil doer pays.

ByteMe March 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

I like it.

polisavvy March 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Great idea, Technocrat!

Doug Deal March 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Personally, I would prefer just an appointment process to fill the spot until the next general election with the stipulation that anyone appointed as a placeholder may not run for re-election.

However, of all the things that the government spends money on, elections are definitely one of the few things they should be.

drjay March 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

the most cost effective route would be just leave the seat open until the next scheduled election, in this case i think the would be the primary, and don’t give me the argument about how confusing it would be to vote for both the primary and the special on the same day, if you are smart enough to vote at all, you should be able to muddle through the “confusion”

Doug Deal March 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

Don’t worry, I would never give you anything DrJay.

Technocrat March 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Just appoint a robot [electronic software] that votes with the majority of the party the previous holder was affiliated, in the case of Federal offices even state legislatures.

I’ve always thought there should be alternatives [stand in voters to swipe card push button, say nay] so the electee can take time off instead of being always present.

Heck the offical should be in district and vote via email.

Make the lobbyist come home to see him.

Could it be politicans like being away from home?

GVilleMan March 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

I agree with that, I think we would have been better served if Gov. Perdue would have just appointed someone to the post. There are guys who deserve the nod, guys who have served North Georgia there entire lives and grew up here. Bill Stephens is the first to come to mind. He would have been an excellent nominee.

GOPGrassroots March 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

Is Bill still in this race? Haven’t seen him in quite a while…and last report he’d raised about $4.00

Just wondering about this new approach to campaigning.

rugby March 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

His new approach seems to be lobbying the Governor to appoint him to fill a seat.

drjay March 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

hey, that worked for kemp…

HowardRoark March 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Speaking of him, has anyone heard his stump speech lately? Got a lot of soul to it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQiNIFDWjvo

GVilleMan March 30, 2010 at 11:03 am

In fact, Bill just qualified yesterday for the race. Glad I could get ya caught up on the news GOPGrassroots. And in a time where where every pompous Doctor in North Georgia is running for congress all of a sudden, I would hope that you would agree that the fundraising numbers should take a backseat to competency and capability. Bill would make a great congressman.

drjay March 30, 2010 at 11:14 am

because doctors aren’t competent and capable? why in the world would we want some folks with experience in the field of healthcare in congress??? esp. when part of the gop platform this fall is to address this big, you know, healthcare thing that just passed…

Joshua Morris March 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

Don’t sweat it, drjay. The leader is always the target.

GOPGrassroots March 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

For once I agree with you Joshua…

In less than a week Cates, Reese and Hawkins all attacked the same opponent.

3 in the race have correctly identified the leader, regardless of what the sock puppets say.

GOPGrassroots March 30, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thanks for the update. I like Bill, super nice guy. And I completely agree with you that all these Docs trying to buy the seat with their big personal bank accounts is not a good thing…but running for office requires a lot of hard work in order to be successful. I also think it is an indication of one’s ability to work hard once they fill the seat.

I haven’t seen anything from Bill other than a few YouTube videos and a boatload of emails. It takes more than that to win an election.

Just my two cents.

GVilleMan March 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

I think you and I can both agree that Bill’s political career has been earned through very hard work, coming from a state senate seat, 4 years later to be the senate majority leader in a time of the republican take over of the senate. Bill has worked hard for North Georgians since his days with Zell Miller, one of Georgia’s most trusted legislators. I am very confident of both his work ethic and his dedication.

HowardRoark March 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

That said, he doesn’t campaign well. His run at SoS was a nightmare 4 years ago. I like Bill and think he definitely has a story to tell. But for my taste, I favor some fresher faces this cycle. The good news for you is…I’m not voting in the 9th.

chefdavid March 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Here are the numbers from an earlier article from Andy Johns at the Times Free Press:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/mar/04/election-to-replace-deal-could-be-costly/

BY THE NUMBERS

Approximate cost of special election in 9th District counties:

$7,000: Catoosa

$7,500: Dade

$7,000: Gordon

$10,000: Murray

$10,000-$15,000: Walker

$20,000: Whitfield

$15,000: Dawson

$18,000: Fannin

$50,000: Forsyth

$26,000: Gilmer

$45,000: Hall

$17,000v Lumpkin

$12,000-$15,000: Pickens

$10,000-$12,000v Union

10,000-$12,000: White

$264,500-$278,500: Total

(Seven of Gordon County’s 13 precincts are in District 9.)

Source: County Commissions and Boards of Election

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