Low Turnout Expected in MS for Expensive Election Runoffs

Low Turnout Expected in MS for Expensive Election Runoffs

Generally half the number of people who vote in the first election vote in a run-off. Since 70 percent of registered voters cast ballots November 6, the county's hoping at least 30 percent return to the polls.
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - It's decision day in North Mississippi. Voters are casting ballots in two runoff elections.

One is the race for State Senate District 19 in DeSoto County. The other for House District 52 covering parts of DeSoto and Marshall counties.

Turnout is expected to be low. While voters may not be interested in the election they will be interested in what it will cost taxpayers.

Generally half the number of people who vote in the first election vote in a run-off. Since 70 percent of registered voters cast ballots November 6, the county's hoping at least 30 percent return to the polls.

"I was surprised there've been quite a few come and voted I was pleased with it," says Donna Reed.

Jeremy Bryan and Bill Kinkade are competing for a House seat. In Southaven and Olive Branch, voters are choosing a new state senator. The runoff there is between Pat Nelson and David Parker.

"I hope the best man wins," Reed tells abc24.com.

"We're voting for the man that needs to win," adds Yvonne Akins. "We feel very good about that so we're going to vote for him and support him."

22 precincts were open in DeSoto County with about 100 poll workers on duty.

"The governor is the one that called for the special election during the general. He did that to try to save the taxpayer dollars by having them at the same time," says election commissioner Danny Klein. "It could have cost more."

The runoff is expected to cost around $30,000. Those voting are not expected to equal half that number.

"We've got 49 thousand something registered voters in these 22 precincts," Klein says. "When you divide it out by that it's not that expensive. But when you have a low turnout it becomes real expensive."

Winners will serve the final three years of four-year terms.
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