Minnesota state legislative special elections, 2012

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2012 State Legislative
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Three special elections for the Minnesota State Legislature took place in 2012. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 61B, and the Minnesota State Senate, Districts 20 and 59.

How vacancies are filled

Under Minnesota law, any vacancy in the Legislature must be filled by a special election. It is up to the appropriate elections authorities to conduct an election as soon as possible.[1]

A special election must be held during the next general election if the vacancy has more than 150 days left before the unfilled term expires. If the vacancy happens in legislative session, the governor must call for an election no more than 35 days after the vacancy occurred. If there is less than 150 days left in the unfilled term and the Legislature is out of session, the governor must call for a special election. The governor must call the election as soon as possible so the winner of the election can take office when the Legislature reconvenes.[2]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 39
     Republican Party 28
Total 67

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 62
     Republican Party 72
Total 134

Special elections

January 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

See also