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Wisconsin state legislative special elections, 2012

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One special election for the Wisconsin State Legislature took plcae in 2012. This election was called to fill a vacancy in the Wisconsin State Senate, District 33.

How vacancies are filled

In Wisconsin, any vacancy in the Legislature must be filled by a special election.[1] The governor can call for an election when allowed by law. The election cannot be held after February 1 before a spring general election, unless it is held on the same day of the election, which is the first Tuesday in April. The same requirement applies to any election preceding the fall general election (after September 1), with the exception for elections held on the first Tuesday in November.[2] Also, all vacancies must be filled quickly as long the vacancy happened before the second Tuesday in May during an election year.[3]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 14
     Republican Party 19
Total 33

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 36
     Republican Party 63
Total 99

Special elections

December 4, 2012

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