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Wisconsin State Senate District 13 special election set for Apr. 6, 2021

Election officials have scheduled a special election for the District 13 seat in the Wisconsin State Senate on Apr. 6, 2021. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he will resign on Jan. 1 before he is sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3. Fitzgerald was elected to Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District on Nov. 3. The primary is on Feb. 16, and the filing deadline is on Jan. 8.



Alabama State Senate District 14 special election set for July 13, 2021

A new state legislative special election has been added to our list. The special election is for the District 14 seat in the Alabama State Senate on July 13, 2021. The primary is on March 30, and the primary runoff is on April 27 if no candidate receives an outright majority of the primary vote. The filing deadline is on January 26 for major-party candidates and March 30 for other candidates.



Two Alabama state legislative special elections on the ballot Nov. 17

Special elections for two seats in the Alabama State Legislature are on the ballot on November 17, 2020.

In District 26 of the state Senate, six candidates are competing in a special Democratic primary to advance to the special general election on March 2, 2021. The Republican nominee, William Green, was the only candidate to file for that party and automatically advanced. The filing deadline to run passed on September 15 for major-party candidates and will pass on November 17 for minor-party and independent candidates. The special election was called after David Burkette (D) resigned on September 1, 2020. Burkette served from 2018 to 2020.

In District 49 of the state House, Cheryl Patton (D) and Russell Bedsole (R) are competing in a special general election. The filing deadline to run passed on June 2 for major-party candidates and August 4 for minor-party and independent candidates. Patton ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Bedsole was nominated after defeating Mimi Penhale in a Republican primary runoff on September 1. The special election was called after April Weaver (R) resigned on May 12, 2020. Weaver served from 2010 to 2020.

As of November 2020, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 27 states and two state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in one state. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

Alabama has a Republican trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.

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