According to a 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 Jackson’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 Obama’s former Senate seat and the improper use of campaign funds.