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?
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.
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.
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