May 20, 2020 •

Special Election Scheduled for Alabama House District 49

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace Rep. April Weaver of House District 49. Weaver recently announced her resignation to take a position with the Trump Administration. If necessary, the primary election for the seat will […]

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace Rep. April Weaver of House District 49.

Weaver recently announced her resignation to take a position with the Trump Administration.

If necessary, the primary election for the seat will be held on August 4 with a runoff set for September 1.

Additionally, the special general election will be held on November 17.

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April 16, 2020 •

Georgia Special Election June 9 to Fill Hill’s Senate Seat

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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the date for a special election for Senate District 4. The passing of Senator Jack Hill on April 6 created the vacancy. The election will be held on June 9 with a runoff election […]

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the date for a special election for Senate District 4.

The passing of Senator Jack Hill on April 6 created the vacancy.

The election will be held on June 9 with a runoff election on August 11, if needed.

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April 2, 2020 •

Mississippi Postpones House District 88 Special Election

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Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered the special election for House District 88 set for April 21 be postponed until June 23. The seat was vacated when Ramona Blackledge resigned in January. Due to the House leadership ruling members could not […]

Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered the special election for House District 88 set for April 21 be postponed until June 23.

The seat was vacated when Ramona Blackledge resigned in January.

Due to the House leadership ruling members could not collect legislative pay while also receiving state retirement funds.

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March 17, 2020 •

NYC Mayor de Blasio Postpones Queens Special Election

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On March 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the postponement of the Queens Special Election for Borough President scheduled for March 24. Mayor de Blasio postponed the special election due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. No new date has been set […]

On March 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the postponement of the Queens Special Election for Borough President scheduled for March 24.

Mayor de Blasio postponed the special election due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

No new date has been set and acting Borough President Sharon Lee will continue her tenure until the special election is rescheduled.

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February 13, 2020 •

Utah Congressional Vacancy Bill Progresses Over Objections

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A compromise over filling congressional vacancies progressed on February 11, earning passage through the House on a party-line vote. House Bill 17 seeks to resolve years of dispute that began in 2017 with the resignation of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. […]

A compromise over filling congressional vacancies progressed on February 11, earning passage through the House on a party-line vote.

House Bill 17 seeks to resolve years of dispute that began in 2017 with the resignation of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The state law was largely silent on the process for replacing members of Congress.

The legislative and executive branches have continued to disagree on the subject. Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed legislation last year that would have set a process for picking congressional replacements.

The current bill calls for the governor to issue a proclamation to schedule a primary and general election to fill a House vacancy.

Those elections generally would be held on the next municipal general election, a presidential primary or regular primary, or general election.

House Bill 17 is now in the Senate for consideration.

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February 11, 2020 •

New Mexico Representative Resigns from House District 40

Rep. Joseph Sanchez is resigning from his House District 40 seat to run for election to the 3rd Congressional District. Sanchez previously defeated Tweeti Blancett in the general election for the seat on November 6, 2018. The race for the […]

Rep. Joseph Sanchez is resigning from his House District 40 seat to run for election to the 3rd Congressional District.

Sanchez previously defeated Tweeti Blancett in the general election for the seat on November 6, 2018.

The race for the House District 40 seat now has two contestants: Roger Montoya and Justin Salazar-Torrez.

The election will take place on June 2.

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February 11, 2020 •

Oklahoma Senator Resigns from District 28 Seat

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Rep. Jason Smalley resigned from his Senate District 28 seat effective January 31 after serving six years in the district. Smalley will become a senior account manager at Motorola Solutions Corp. for their Oklahoma operation. By law, the special election […]

Rep. Jason Smalley resigned from his Senate District 28 seat effective January 31 after serving six years in the district.

Smalley will become a senior account manager at Motorola Solutions Corp. for their Oklahoma operation.

By law, the special election must fall on the dates of the regular primary election, runoff primary election, or general election.

Gov. Kevin Stitt must call for a special election no later than 30 days after Sen. Smalley’s vacancy.

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January 28, 2020 •

El Paso City Council to Hold Runoff for District 6 Seat

Voters in east El Paso and the Lower Valley will choose a new representative in a special runoff election for City Council District 6 on Saturday, January 25. Claudia Rodriguez and Debbie Torres face off in the runoff after they […]

Voters in east El Paso and the Lower Valley will choose a new representative in a special runoff election for City Council District 6 on Saturday, January 25.

Claudia Rodriguez and Debbie Torres face off in the runoff after they had advanced from the December 14 election where four were competing for the seat.

Both are campaigning to keep taxes low and to increase structural repairs.

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January 23, 2020 •

Don Harmon replaces John Cullerton as Illinois Senate president

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John Cullerton, a Democrat from the North Side, resigned from Senate District 6 after more than four decades in office. Cullerton served as the 38th president of the state Senate. Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, was elected […]

John Cullerton, a Democrat from the North Side, resigned from Senate District 6 after more than four decades in office. Cullerton served as the 38th president of the state Senate.

Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, was elected unanimously to replace Cullerton as Senate president.

Democratic ward and township committeemen within the 6th District have 30 days after Cullerton’s resignation to name a replacement.

Because Cullerton did not file paperwork for his retirement with the Secretary of the Senate, there will not be a primary for the seat in March.

Local Democratic and Republican party leaders in Cullerton’s district will select who will be on the November ballot to finish out Cullerton’s term ending January 2023.

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January 21, 2020 •

Multnomah County Commissioners Select Small-Business Owner to Fill House Seat

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Akasha Lawrence-Spence was selected by the Multnomah County Commissioners in Oregon to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Jennifer Williamson. Rep. Williamson resigned from the House District 36 seat in late December to run for secretary of state. The unexpired […]

Akasha Lawrence-Spence was selected by the Multnomah County Commissioners in Oregon to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Jennifer Williamson.

Rep. Williamson resigned from the House District 36 seat in late December to run for secretary of state.

The unexpired term ends in January 2021.

Lawrence-Spence will serve through the remainder of the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

Candidates will vie for the District 36 seat in this year’s primary election.

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January 14, 2020 •

Democrat Cynthia Neeley and Republican Adam Ford won Special Primaries

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Democrat Cynthia Neeley and Republican Adam Ford won the House District 34 special primaries held on January 7. Less than 7% of Flint’s 62,242 registered voters participated in the special election. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the election after Cynthia Neeley’s […]

Democrat Cynthia Neeley and Republican Adam Ford won the House District 34 special primaries held on January 7.

Less than 7% of Flint’s 62,242 registered voters participated in the special election.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the election after Cynthia Neeley’s husband, Sheldon was elected Flint’s mayor.

A general election is set for March 10.

The candidate chosen March 10 will finish the remainder of Sheldon Neeley’s term, set to expire on December 31, 2020.

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January 9, 2020 •

Portland Commissioner Fish’s Passing Triggers Special Election

Commissioner Nick Fish passed away on January 2, creating a vacant council seat. The Portland City Council chose the May 19 municipal primary election date for a special election to fill the vacancy. Potential candidates would have to wait until […]

Commissioner Nick Fish passed away on January 2, creating a vacant council seat.

The Portland City Council chose the May 19 municipal primary election date for a special election to fill the vacancy.

Potential candidates would have to wait until March 10 to file for Fish’s position.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters would face each other in a runoff election on November 3.

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January 9, 2020 •

Special Elections Scheduled to Replace Lawmakers Elected to Higher Office

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House Speaker Mike Turzai scheduled special elections for March 17 to replace three lawmakers that won higher office in last November’s election. Rep. Tedd Nesbit of Grove City and Rep. Justin Walsh of Rostraver, Republicans who represented the 8th and […]

House Speaker Mike Turzai scheduled special elections for March 17 to replace three lawmakers that won higher office in last November’s election.

Rep. Tedd Nesbit of Grove City and Rep. Justin Walsh of Rostraver, Republicans who represented the 8th and 58th House Districts, respectively, were both elected to county judgeships.

18th District Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, a Bensalem Republican, won a seat on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners.

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January 9, 2020 •

Special Election on June 16 for Ward 2 D.C. Council Seat

Former Councilman Jack Evans

On June 16, a special election will be held to fill the seat vacated by Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans. Evans resigned on January 7 to avoid a council vote on his removal based on alleged conflicts of interests. […]

On June 16, a special election will be held to fill the seat vacated by Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans.

Evans resigned on January 7 to avoid a council vote on his removal based on alleged conflicts of interests.

The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Evan’s term, which ends in January 2021, according to WAMU. 

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