In 2011, three special elections
were held for the Virginia General Assembly
. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Virginia State Senate
, District 19, and the Virginia House of Delegates
, Districts 8 and 91.
How vacancies are filled
If there is a vacancy in the Virginia General Assembly, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The governing body of the city or county that represents the vacant seat must petition a circuit court for a special election within 15 days of the vacancy. All special elections must be held promptly, however, no special election can be held if it occurs less than 55 days before any statewide primary or general election, or if there are less than 60 days remaining in the vacated term.
The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:
The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:
January 11, 2011
March 8, 2011
| Virginia House District 91|| |
|Tom Gear (R) resigned citing his personal health problems and those of his family. Three Republicans have declared their candidacy. No Democrat was chosen to oppose Helsel.
- Democratic Candidate:
- No Democratic candidates filed for this race.
- Republican Candidate:
- ↑ Virginia General Assembly "Code of Virginia"(Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
- ↑ Virgina General Assembly "Code of Virginia"(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
- ↑ Virgina General Assembly "Code of Virginia"(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
- ↑ Washington Examiner, "Va gov calls special elections for Jan. 11," November 15, 2010
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 WSET TV "Stanley, Habeeb Win in Special Election," January 11, 2011
- ↑ Washington Post, "Democrat Mumpower enters race to succeed Griffith in House," November 19, 2010
- ↑ Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, "91st Seat Special Election Set; District to be Without Representation in Session," January 05, 2011
- ↑ Daily Press, "Democrats won't challenge Helsel," January 19, 2011
- ↑ Virginia State Board of Elections Results, House District 24, March 8, 2011
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