By Associated Press - Thursday, April 16, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An unopposed special election to fill a vacant legislative seat cost taxpayers more than $15,000.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reports that Russellville Republican Greg Standridge received 110 votes in his unopposed general election for state Senate Tuesday.

The newspaper reported that overall turnout was less than 1 percent for the 46,000 registered voters in the district. The five-county election cost taxpayers about $130 per vote.

Arkansas lawmakers voted to refer a proposed constitutional amendment to voters in 2016 that would allow the Legislature to declare unopposed candidates winners after all election filing deadlines have passed.

Standridge beat an opponent in the January Republican primary. He will take the seat vacated in November by former Sen. Michael Lamoureux, who took a job as Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff.

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