|Published:||Jan 27, 2014 5:25 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 27, 2014 5:56 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - WINK News has confirmed that Governor Scott will call for a special election to fill Radel's seat, but how much could it cost you the taxpayer?
As Radel steps down, many are wondering when we could see a new representative in office. The Collier County Supervisor of Elections says that's up to the governor.
"The challenge here is once the date is determined, just getting everything in motion," said Edwards.
Edwards says the election will be treated like any other. Qualifying rounds, a two party primary if necessary, and a general election.
"We do not have a runoff in this, so it would be top vote getter," said Edwards.
100,000 voters in Collier will head to the polls for the 19th Congressional District, potentially costing the county between $500,000 and $700,000.
"We will be opening up polling places, pay the facilities for their use, training approximately 400 election workers so that's the main cost," said Edwards.
And it could take up to three years to get that money back. The state only budgets so much money for special elections each year, so it's first come, first serve each budget cycle.
As for the time frame? A special election currently taking place in Florida's 13th Congressional District could set the standard.
"They had approximately 113 days to the date was determined until election day, so we are guessing around 120 days," said Edwards.
The cost is around the same for Lee County, potentially costing up to $500,000, according to its Supervisor of Elections, Sharon Harrington.
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