Pennsylvania state legislative special elections, 2012

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2012 State Legislative
Special Elections

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Seven special elections for the Pennsylvania General Assembly took place in 2012. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Districts 22, 134, 153, 169, 186, and 197, and the Pennsylvania State Senate, District 40.

How vacancies are filled


If there is a vacancy in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The presiding officer in the house where the vacancy happened must call for an election. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution on when a special election can be held.[1]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 23
     Republican Party 27
Total 50

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 92
     Republican Party 111
Total 203

Special elections

April 24, 2012













August 7, 2012



See also

References

  1. State of Pennsylvania, "Pennsylvania Constitution," accessed May 22, 2014 (Referenced Article II, Section 2)
  2. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Allegheny County controller Chelsa Wagner resigns House seat," January 16, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Philadelphia Enquirer, "Six Pennsylvania House seats to be filled in April," March 1, 2012
  4. Allegheny County, SUMMARY REPORT, April 24, 2012
  5. Reading Eagle, "Democrats pick House candidate for Reichley seat," March 7, 2012
  6. Lehigh County, 2012 Special Election General Primary, April 24, 2011
  7. Berks County, "134th Special Election, April 24, 2012
  8. Philly Burbs, "Shapiro to resign House seat," December 9, 2011
  9. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Unofficial Results, April 24, 2012
  10. Philadelphia County April 24, 2012 General and Special Election Unofficial Results, April 24, 2012
  11. Philadelphia County April 24, 2012 General and Special Election Unofficial Results, April 24, 2012
  12. Philly.com, "Elections ordered for 6 vacant House seats," March 1, 2012
  13. Philadelphia County April 24, 2012 General and Special Election Unofficial Results, April 24, 2012
  14. Myrtle Beach Online, "Myrtle Beach-area Rep. Thad Viers resigns from S.C. House seat," March 22, 2012
  15. WCSC, "Representative Thad Viers indicted by grand jury," March 21, 2012
  16. Carolina Live, "Local lawmakers don't want special election for Viers' vacated seat," March 28, 2012
  17. Myrtle Beach Online, "Crawford sole candidate; wins District 68 special election," July 24, 2012