Cost of Runoff Election Raises Frustration

The bill is on for the runoff election last week to temporarily fill what was a vacant Eastside State House seat–and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is feeling some sticker shock.

“The State assesses us $100,000 for largely a meaningless election. Thank you” Wolff said when informed the cost of the vote came in at just over $100,000–working out to around $80 per ballot for each of the approximately 12-hundred votes that were cast.

Commissioners Tuesday made the results of the vote official–in which Laura Thompson defeated Lou Miller in a run-off to replace the now-retired Ruth Jones McClendon who stepped down earlier this year.

Thompson is not on the ballot in November–when Barbara Gervin-Hawkins runs unopposed. She’s expected to move in to the position in January.

“We have an election for somebody that will serve for three months–and, they will never be in the Legislature because the Legislature won’t start until January” Wolff said.

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