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South Carolina State House Member Will Introduce a Bill for Special U.S. Senate Election to Fill Vacancies

Published on December 14, 2012, by in General.

On Decembere 14, South Carolina Representative Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) said he will introduce a bill soon to require a special election for U.S. Senate vacancies. Current law in South Carolina and in most states says that when U.S. Senate seats become vacant, the Governor appoints a replacement, who serves until the next regularly-scheduled election.

The bill was prompted by the recent announcement that U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is about to resign.

4 Responses

  1. Jim Riley

    Congress should regulate this.

    When senators were elected by the legislature, the provision for a temporary appointment made sense, because the legislature might not be in session when a vacancy occurred. But all but one state had annual elections for their legislature, so another session would be within a year at worst.

    But elections in the US have tended to become further apart.

    Congress should require a special election to be held within 90 days, unless there is a general election or end of a term within 180 days, and require the use of a Top 2 special election of the form used in Louisiana, Texas, and California.

  2. Runoff yes, top two no.

  3. Jim Riley

    #2 Louisiana, Texas, and California use a runoff between the Top 2 candidates if no candidate receives a majority.

  4. That’s fine, as long as they don’t have one if someone does. That’s known as a runoff election, which is different from what top two does.

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