Special Election

Posted Mar. 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The state’s 21st Senate District special election Tuesday is likely to cost taxpayers in San Bernardino County between $200,000 to $300,000, despite only one candidate appearing on the ballot, Registrar Michael J. Scarpello said this week.

“We won’t know until all the bills are in. We are running lean, as lean as we can,” Scarpello told the Daily Press. “It’s not a hotly contested race. We think it will be in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.”

The estimated figure, however, is much lower than in Los Angeles County, where more than two-thirds of registered voters in the 21st District reside (less than one-third live in the Victor Valley).

The L.A. County Registrar’s office predicts that the election will cost $1.4 million, according to a fact sheet provided by the office.

L.A. county boasts 309,457 active registered voters compared to 136,595 such voters here.

“Every county has different voting systems,” Scarpello said, “different plans on polling place consolidations.”

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