OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee may end up costing Washington state $1 million.
State officials said Friday that they are asking for some $250,000 to educate voters about what is sure to be a confusing ballot. Some voters will see two congressional races on the ballot, including a race covering Inslee’s old 1st District to put someone in Congress to finish the final month of his term.
That money will come in addition to an estimated $770,000 the state will spend to reimburse counties for the cost of the special election votes in August and November.
Inslee resigned from his seat in March to focus on running for governor. The Democrat had said he delayed his departure in part so he wouldn’t “expose the citizens to a $1 million election.”