According to aÂ report from ABC News, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from Congress and the special election necessary to replace him could cost taxpayers roughly $5.1 million.
Illinois will have to hold two special elections, first a primary election and then the general election. The Illinois State Board of Elections estimates elections cost $2,700 to $4,000 per precinct. With 590 precincts in Jacksonâ€™s 2nd Congressional District, it would probably cost around $2,575,000 for each election.
Jesse Jackson Jr. tendered his resignation on November 21. He is under federal investigation for indirectly offering money to buy President Obamaâ€™s former Senate seat and the improper use of campaign funds.