Washoe Registrar: Special Election Would be Costly

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - An election official in Reno says a special election to replace Congressman Dean Heller could cost $350,000 in his cash-strapped county alone.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk told The Associated
Press on Tuesday that if necessary his staff will find a way to hold a special election if Heller is appointed to fill Sen. John Ensign's unexpired term.

Heller is considered a front-runner for appointment by fellow Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to fill Ensign's seat before Ensign departs May 3.

Democrats and tea party leaders who don't want Heller appointed to the Senate are arguing the election would be too expensive. They say the governor should appoint someone who isn't currently a member of Congress.

Burk says the 2010 primary cost $650,000 in Washoe County.