Special Elections: Costs to Counties in Focus This Week
March 5, 2018
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County conducted the first of several scheduled special elections this year to fill legislative vacancies, shining a spotlight on the financial burden special elections place on counties. LA County alone is estimating a $6.5 million price tag associated with elections administration. The good news is that there is currently a bill working its way through the Legislature that would provide state reimbursement to counties for these elections.
CSAC is in strong support of AB1886 (Carrillo) which would require the State to pay for all expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2017 for special elections called by the governor to fill legislative or congressional vacancies. Our most recent letter to the author is available to download here.
The bill is currently in Assembly Appropriations Committee on the Suspense File due to anticipated costs to the state general fund after passing unanimously out of Assembly Elections Committee last month. CSAC thanks Assembly Member Carrillo for her leadership on this issue and will continue to provide updates as the bill advances through the process. Counties are encouraged to send support letters as well.
CSAC is also pleased to support AB 2095 (Quirk-Silva) which would allow additional opportunities to consolidate special elections with regularly scheduled elections to also provide a cost savings and ensure timely representation in the legislature and congress is determined. For more information on these measures, please contact Dorothy Johnson, CSAC Legislative Representative, or Tracy Sullivan, CSAC Legislative Analyst.