For every Columbia County voter projected to turn out for Tuesday's run off election, the county will spend just less than the price of two movie tickets - about $16.
Debbie Marshall, Columbia County's Board of Elections director, says she is expecting only a 5 percent turnout of the county's 59,888 active registered voters for Tuesday's runoff, which offers no local races.
That's about 2,994 people casting votes at a total election cost of $48,000.
Marshall said she is expecting a low voter turnout simply because there are no local races. On the Democratic ballot, a runoff will occur in the lieutenant governor race, with Greg Hecht going head to head against Jim Martin. Gail Buckner also is vying against Darryl Hicks for secretary of state. On the Republican ballot, Karen Handel will run against Bill Stephens in the secretary of state race while Gary Black and Brian Kemp will face off for commissioner of agriculture.
The main cost of the election, Marshall said, is a requirement of having three paid poll workers at all of the county's 45 precincts.
Monday through Friday, the county offered an advance voting week as well for the runoff, allowing voting at the county's Board of Elections office in Evans. On Monday, 36 people ventured out to vote, Marshall said. On Tuesday, the figure was 32.
"It's been a low turnout,'' Marshall said of advance voting week on Wednesday.
Overall, though, Marshall said a 5 percent turnout for a runoff election isn't uncommon if there are no local races involved.
For Tuesday's runoff, she said, all 45 precincts will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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