More about Minnesota HD 32B (SpecialElex on Feb. 14, 2017)

With as many as half a dozen Congressional special elections on the horizon, and a critical State Senate election which will decide the partisan control of that body in Delaware later this month, why am I so interested in a Minnesota State House special election on Tuesday in the far northern suburbs of the Twin Cities region?

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Iowa HD #89 Special Election – January 31, 2017

There is a special election today in Iowa State House District #89, in Davenport.  This race is to fill the seat formerly held by Democrat Jim Lykam, who won a December 27th Special Election to become the new State Senator in Iowa Senate District #45.

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Upcoming Special Elections – January 23, 2017

I created the following chart detailing the 16 upcoming state legislative special elections taking place over the next few months:

From a partisan standpoint, the most significant of these elections will be:

  • the two elections in the Connecticut State Senate (if that body remains deadlocked, the Democrat Lieutenant Governor can break ties)
  • the tie-breaking contest in the Delaware State Senate (which has yet to be scheduled).

With all of the news coverage about the large number of participants in Saturday’s Womens’ Marches across the country, many are wondering whether such citizen activism will translate into voter engagement.  In some districts, particularly in the Northeast, we will begin to learn the answer to that question very soon.

Georgia SD #54 Special Election Runoff – January 10, 2017

The runoff election in Georgia State Senate District #54 (Dalton) is today between Republican Chuck Payne and non-partisan candidate Debby Peppers.  Mr. Payne led in the first round of voting last month with 36%; Ms. Peppers finished just over 400 votes behind him in 2nd, with 27%.

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Iowa SD #45 Special Election Tracking Sheet – Dec. 27, 2016

As I noted earlier, there is a Special Election today in Iowa State Senate District #45 in Davenport.  Democrats have held this seat for a long time, and they nominated a high-profile candidate, State Rep. Jim Lykam, so they should hold onto this seat.  However, the election is two days after Christmas, when many voters will still be focused on the holidays, and Democratic turnout in special elections tends to be down generally.  So as the results come in, how will we know how the race is going?

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Iowa Senate District #45 Special Election – Dec. 27, 2016

Polls are open until 9pm in Davenport, Iowa, for today’s Special Election in Iowa State Senate District #45.  The election is being held to replace the late Sen. Dr. Joe Seng (D), a veterinarian who passed away from cancer in mid-September.

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Who votes in Special Elections?

It is a commonly held belief in the world of politics that the only folks who vote in local special elections (to fill a vacancy in a state legislative seat, for example) are those devoted and committed voters who are fully engaged in the political process and the workings of their municipal, county, and state government.  This assertion obviously makes sense, and is supported by the fact that voter turnout rates for such elections are lower than those for almost any other type of election.

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Georgia SD #54 Special Election – December 13, 2016

There is a Special Election on Tuesday in Georgia State Senate District  #54 (Dalton area) to replace Sen. Charlie Bethel (R), who was appointed to a state judgeship.  Five candidates filed to run:

  • Conda Goodson, a community volunteer who ran against Sen. Bethel in the May 2016 Primary
  • Chuck Payne, the former Whitfield County Republican Party Chairman
  • Debby Peppers, a former Whitfield County Commissioner
  • Michelle Underwood, a former educator who lost a bid for a seat on the Whitfield County Commission in May
  • William Vinyard, contractor

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Mississippi HD #89 & #106 Special Election Runoff Results – Nov. 30, 2016

Here are the election results from yesterday’s two State House runoff elections in southern Mississippi, as reported by the Associated Press on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger‘s website:

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