Illinois to Elect Interim Senator |
A federal appeals court ruled that Illinois residents will vote on two senators in November, one of whom will serve just eight weeks. The action is in response to the Constitution, which says no senator can serve more than two years without being elected.
Because Illinois is so awesome at electing qualified legislators, we get to do it twice this year.
The special election will take place Nov. 2nd, and the winners of the February primary (Kirk, Giannoulias) and those who otherwise qualify for the ballot (see below) will be the candidates.
Grady stipulated the following:
Whomever wins the special election will serve from Nov. 3rd to Jan. 3rd.
The ruling comes after Gov. Quinn filed paperwork last week requesting a special election to fill the last 60 days of President Obama's former seat.