Extra elections a waste of money

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In my letter of Dec. 12, I mentioned that I tried to find out the cost for the upcoming January special election. At the time I wrote my letter, I hadn’t gotten a response from the elections office. Today I got a letter from the Placer County Office of Elections and now know the figure: $554,628. Please note this figure does not include staff salaries. (The total cost is about $650,000) A second election (if needed) would exceed the above figure since it goes out to a larger percentage of Placer County voters. I just thought people would like to know what these elections will be costing us and why I am upset with Mr. Ted Gaines. I will say it again, this is a needless waste of public funds! I don’t know of anyone else who has run for two positions in the same election. Do you? Rosalie Wohlfromm, Auburn