Governor Rick Scott to decide on special election date for Radel's seat

CREATED Jan. 27, 2014

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NAPLES, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner will determine when a special election will be held for Trey Radel's Congressional seat.

"We're estimating it could be between $500,000-$700,000," Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards said.

And that's just Collier County's half.  Lee County election officials also estimate they will have to spend close to $500,000 putting on the special election.

So where does all that money go?
"We will be opening up polling locations, pay facilities for their use, training approximately 400 election workers," Edwards said.
Since special elections don't happen that often, the cash needed to put them on isn't in the budget.
"I will ask the Collier County Board of County Commissioners to appropriate the funds for us to fund the election then in the future we will be reimbursed by state government," Edwards said.
But election officials say getting reimbursed could take years.
Even though Scott hasn't announced a date for the election yet, election officials are gearing up to put on a big election on short notice.
"We're guessing around 120 days," Edwards said.
"Is that a quick turnaround?" Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
"Yes. When you think about a primary and a general that's already scheduled you start planning months in advance," Edwards said.
But having an extra election also has its advantages.
"We like to conduct as many elections as possible because the more you do, the better you get," Edwards said.
Once Scott determines an election date, dates will also be set for a qualification period and a primary election if needed.