Linn Co. special election prep underway

File voting booth photo (CBS2/FOX28)

A special election is now officially set in Linn County and it's coming up quick.

the special election set for August 1st will determine a new representation plan for the Linn County Board of Supervisors when the board is reduced from 5 to 3 members.

Voters will decide between an at-large option and two district representation options.

More than 12,000 residents signed a petition requesting the special election.

Now the County Auditor’s Office is rushing to prepare.

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says it will likely take some unexpected overtime to update training and test equipment.

He says another problem could be the timing.

“The odd time of the year when people are in the last month of taking their vacations might put a strain on us as far as our recruiting efforts as far as getting people to work the polls,” Says Miller.

He expects the election to cost about $225,000.

That does not include the purchase of new voting equipment that was required regardless.

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson says because the election is not in the budget, they'll have to cover the cost through budget amendments later in the year.

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