The county election office, which usually conducts city elections on a contract, will be tied up conducting the 2012 primary election. So the city must lease machines and conduct its own election at a cost that may run from $300,000 to $900,000 instead of the $150,000 to $180,000 that elections cost when the county handles them.
City officials will ask Perry to allow an emergency election at a time when the county is able to conduct it. But Municipal Clerk Richarda Momsen said the Secretary of State's office said the governor only grants such elections rarely, and then almost always because of natural disasters such as hurricanes.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Texas: El Paso appeal denied, request to Governor to hold a special election
The mayor's appeal was denied. The City is also asking the Governor to allow them to hold a special election to hold down cost. However, this is not likely to be approved. Here's some detail from the El Paso Times: