Other State Solutions for Vacancies

Solution in Selected States: 
Eight states call for a special election to be held to fill the vacancy
Summary of Solution: 

Alabama -- "Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of senator of and from the State of Alabama in the Senate of the United States more than four months before a general election, the Governor of Alabama shall forthwith order an election to be held ...to elect a senator of and from the State of Alabama to the United States Senate for the unexpired term."

Alaska -- "When a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator, the governor may, at least five days after the date of the vacancy but within 30 days after the date of the vacancy, appoint a qualified individual to fill the vacancy temporarily until the results of the special election called to fill the vacancy are certified.....The governor shall, by proclamation, call a special election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days after the date the vacancy occurs."

Massachusetts --"The  governor shall immediately ... call an election ... not  more than 160 nor less than 145 days after the date that a vacancy is created.... If a vacancy is created for senator in congress after April 10 of an even-numbered year, the (vote shall take place at) the biennial state election ballot in that year.

Oklahoma - "Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of a member of the United States Senate or United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma, such vacancy shall be filled at a Special Election to be called by the Governor within 30 days after such vacancy occurs."

Oregon -- "If a vacancy in election or office of Representative in Congress or United States Senator occurs before the 61st day before the general election, the Governor shall call a special election to fill that vacancy. "

Vermont -- "If a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator or United States representative, the governor shall call a special election to fill the vacancy. ...The special election shall be held not more than three months from the date the vacancy occurs, except that if the vacancy occurs within six months of a general election, the special election may be held the same day as the general election.

 Washington -- "Whenever a vacancy occurs in the United States house of representatives or the United States senate from this state, the governor shall order a special election to fill the vacancy. ...Within 10 days of such vacancy occurring, he or she shall issue a writ of election fixing a date for the special vacancy election not less than 90  days after the issuance of the writ, fixing a date for the primary for nominating major political party candidates for the special vacancy election not less than 30 days before the day fixed for holding the special vacancy election."

Wisconsin -- "A vacancy in the office of U.S. senator or representative in congress occurring prior to the 2nd Tuesday in May in the year of the general election shall be filled at a special primary and election. A vacancy in that office occurring between the 2nd Tuesday in May and the 2nd Tuesday in July in the year of the general election shall be filled at the September primary and general election."

http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/files/us-senate-vacancies-2008.doc

States: 
AK
AL
MA
OK
OR
VT
WA
WI

 

 

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