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Runoff Costs for Cedar Rapids At-Large Seats

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--There were seven candidates running for two at large council seats last night.

To win, they had to get at least 25 percent of the votes but none of them did.

That's why another election is now in place but it comes with a price tag.

The heat is on for the remaining two women and two men in the at large city council race.

"It wasn't really surprising. I mean with seven candidates, it's very difficult to get 25-percent, said council man Chuck Swore.

"I fully expected that there would be a run-off so now that we know that for sure, then we can go ahead and make our plans, said candidate Ralph Russell.

"I'm very grateful to those who supported me and looking forward to those who can come on board as new supporters, said candidate Carletta Knox-Seymour.

The run-off election will come with an estimated 60-thousand dollar price tag and the city of Cedar Rapids has to cover at least 95 percent of it.

"We have to do everything that we would do for a regular election. We have to publish the notices in the paper. We have to print ballots for all the people that are expected to come to the poll, said Linn County Auditor Joel Miller.

As well as get absentee ballots ready.

Problem is run-off elections, especially so close to the holiday season, don't get a huge turnout.

Take 2009 for example which only had a nine and half percent turnout.

"So basically, half the people that voted yesterday may vote on December third, Miller said.

For now, the four candidates left in the race are hoping more people will show up to cast their come December 3rd.
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