• Cost of 9th Congressional District election redo reaches $1 million

    By: Joe Bruno

    Updated:

    Costs for the new 9th Congressional District election will reach $1 million, according to county estimates provided to Channel 9.

    The North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered a new election for the 9th Congressional District after determining election fraud tainted last November’s contest.

    [SPECIAL SECTION: District 9 Investigation]

    Mecklenburg County estimates the new election will cost $250,000. Union County estimates between the primary and the election, the cost will come out to be between $400,000 and $500,000.

    Anson, Richmond and Bladen counties each estimate the cost will be under $100,000. Scotland County could only provide an estimated cost for the primary at $22,000.

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    Cumberland County, which only includes part of the 9th District, is putting a $180,000 price tag on the new election. An estimate isn’t available yet for Robeson County.

    Even without Robeson County, the cost ranges from $996,000 to $1.1 million.

    [RELATED: 9th Congressional District candidate wants refund]

    Ten Republicans are vying to be their party’s nominee. The primary is on May 14. The election will be Sept. 10 unless there is a second primary. A second primary can be called by the second-place finisher if no one receives 30 percent of the vote.  If there is a second primary, the election will be Nov. 5.

    Absentee ballots will start to be mailed Friday, March 29.

    Democrat Dan McCready does not have a primary challenger.

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