Tue., February 8, 2011 4:25pm (EST)

Low Turnout, High Cost In Special Election
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

JESUP, Ga.  —  
Georgia voters line up during general elections but are few and far between during special elections.  Early voting costs county officers either way.  (photo Valerie Renee)
Georgia voters line up during general elections but are few and far between during special elections. Early voting costs county officers either way. (photo Valerie Renee)
State lawmakers are considering a bill to reduce the number of days people have to vote early.

Supporters point to special elections like the one under way in Southeast Georgia.

There, Wayne County has to staff three poll workers for 45 days.

Early voting ends Friday and so far only about a hundred people cast early ballots.

County elections supervisor Christine Turner says that's costly and "ridiculous."

"Twenty one days is enough," Turner says, referring to the number of days in the bill before the state legislature. "Really, to me, one week would be enough because it's just hard for a lot of the small counties."

Pierce and Brantley Counties also are holding a special election to fill Mark Williams' state House seat.

The Jesup Republican gave up his seat to become head of the state Department of Natural Resources.

Election day is Tuesday.