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Virginia state legislative special elections, 2012

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2012 State Legislative
Special Elections

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Three special elections for the Virginia General Assembly took place in 2012. These elections were called to fill vacancies in Virginia State Senate, District 5 and Virginia House of Delegates Districts 45 and 89.

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 19
     Republican Party 21
Total 40

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 32
     Republican Party 67
     Independent 1
Total 100

Special elections

September 4, 2012

December 18, 2012

See also