Runoff to cost $75, 000

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Officials estimate it will cost about $75,000 to hold a runoff election in Pike County on April 24 where no local candidate will appear on the ballot.

County Administrator Harry Sanders said that since the runoff is for a state position, Alabama will reimburse the county for the cost, minus between $7,000 and $10,000.

“We are not compensated for several things, such as delivery of equipment to the polling places or employees paid to go out and set up tables and other items,” Sanders said.

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The only race on the ballot for the runoff is for president of the Public Service Commission. Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh garnered nearly half of the statewide vote, but didn’t get the 50 percent, plus one needed to avoid a runoff. Chip Brown will appear as her opponent.

Pike County Probate Judge said the runoff election will happen by the same process as the primary did, and voters will mark their ballots in the same locations they did for the primary election.

April 13 is the last day to register prior to the runoff, April 19 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot and April 23 is the last day for a voter to deliver or postmark an absentee ballot.

Allen said, although only about 28 percent of Pike County turned out to vote in the primary election that held local names on ballots, he is hopeful area residents will still go to the polls for this runoff.

“There have been a lot of men and women who have died to protect freedom and give us the right to vote,” Allen said. “I’d like to see people make the time and take the time on April 24 to do that.”