Low turnout, high cost expected in February's special election

Published: Jan. 28, 2019 at 3:20 PM EST
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It is rare to have a February special election.

Even more rare when two initiatives are up for vote in a February special election.

But regardless, you have to treat a special election like it's a presidential election and it can get expensive.

For instance, the county says the cost of ballots and election supplies runs to $20,831.

Moving the voting machines and ballot boxes will cost $18,172.

The total cost of this special election is $254,398 even though few are expected to vote.

LaVera Scott, the director at the Lucas County Board of Elections says turnout, "runs usually less than 15%, so I don't anticipate anything higher for this election."

But those who come out may be energized by the two initiatives on the ballot.

One demands any new Lucas County jail be built in downtown Toledo.

County commissioners want it built on Detroit Avenue, a couple miles away. But some city residents want to change their minds.

Mary Dutkowski with the Keep the Jail Downtown Toledo says, "If the voters stand up and speak, why would they want to go against the wishes of the voters?"

There's a plan to change the city charter to create a bill of rights for Lake Erie. Spurred by toxic algae and the green glops in the lake each year, Toledoans for Safe Water believe citizens, groups and the city should be able to sue polluters on behalf of the lake.

Markie Miller with the Lake Erie Bill of Rights group says, "Lake Erie is a living entity, has a right to exist and flourish and we as Toledoans could help protect it."

Every vote will count just like any other election.

So vote and let your voice be heard.

Only voters living in Toledo can cast a ballot.

Twenty-eight days of early voting starts Tuesday.

The special election is February 26.