Days Until Special Elections Under 9 Wisconsin Governors

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In 2018, WisContext analyzed more than 100 instances in which Wisconsin governors called special elections to fill vacancies in the state legislature or U.S. House of Representatives. Its focus was two legislative vacancies in December 2017 that then-Gov. Scott Walker opted not to fill with special elections, but later did so in March 2019 after three state judges ruled that state statutes required him to do so. This chart adds the first instance of a special election called by Gov. Tony Evers, for the vacant 7th Congressional District seat in Wisconsin. It was originally scheduled for Jan. 27, 2020, but subsequently moved to May 12, 2020, with the governor's office citing federal election requirements as a reason. The Y-axis of this chart depicts the days between the event that triggered a vacancy (when available, the date on which a legislator's formal resignation became effective) and the eventual election that filled that vacancy. The orange dot on the right represents the 232 days that will elapse between the resignation of Rep. Sean Duffy and the May 12, 2020 special election date in which their seats would have been filled.

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Data: Wisconsin Elections Commission, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

Last updated: 1 day ago  |  Data: Wisconsin Elections Commission, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

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