Special elections should be paid for by politicians

A special election to fill Congressman Neil Abercrombie’s post will cost $925,000 by mail or $1.2 million via polling places, according to Scott Nago, Hawaii’s interim chief elections officer (“May 1 is earliest Hawaii could hold special election for Abercrombie’s seat,” Honolulu Advertiser 1/4/10).

But why should Hawaii taxpayers pay for Rep. Abercrombie’s ambition?

Let’s change the law so that an elected public official who resigns to campaign for another elected office must pay all or part of a special election to fill their position. They could use campaign donations, party contributions, or their own salary.

Remember, this would not affect elected officials who resign due to health or family concerns. Just the ones put their ego ahead of the people they were elected to represent.

Should politicians take responsibility for the costs and effort of a pecial election? Can’t we find a better use for $1 million?

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