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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 8, 2020 01:45 PM
From: Representative Kevin J. Boyle
To: All House members
Subject: Special Elections
 
Special elections often result in low voter turnout due to a lack of public awareness. County election officials should be focused on preparing for the next scheduled election. Having to conduct these additional special elections on very short notice can be incredibly burdensome for counties whose resources and personnel are already stretched thin.

Special elections are fiscally irresponsible for the state. Special elections held on days separate from the primary or general election typically cost between $300,000 and $500,000 each. The state is required by law to reimburse counties for the cost they incur. Delaying the special elections so they coincide with the next scheduled election could save the state nearly $1 million or more each year.

This legislation will require that special elections be held on the same day as the next scheduled primary, municipal, or general election date.

For the good of the commonwealth and its citizens, I ask that you join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.