It might be a special election with only one race appearing on the ballot, but it still has to be run like any other election. And like regular elections, you need to rent polling places, pay poll workers and make sure you’ve got all of the supplies necessary for this important part of the democratic process, Cumberland County Director of Elections and Voter Registration Penny Brown said Thursday. Brown said Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant state House seat in the 87th District will cost about $60,000, and maybe as much as $70,000. The county will be reimbursed this cost by the state, though, Brown pointed out.
The special election is being held to fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Glen Grell, who resigned to become executive director of the Public School Employee’s Retirement System.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. And though there is only one race for voters to decide upon, it’s still going to be a busy day for election officials since the 87thDistrict covers a big chunk of the county. “There are 45,000 voters involved,” Brown said. “That’s roughly a third of the county.”