Gov. Sonny Perdue has informed two Republican legislators running for the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood’s congressional seat that he intends to hold the special election June 19 and delay qualifying so they won’t have to leave the state Senate until after the legislative session ends, one of the legislators said Tuesday.
[UPDATE:] First, it should be noted that this is appropriate because otherwise we’d have to have two special elections instead of one. Now both the Congressional elections and the necessary state legislative elections can happen at the same time. Further, as requested, here again is the relevant legislative provision:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-543,
Whenever a vacancy shall occur or exist in the office of Representative in the United States Congress from this state the Governor shall issue, within ten days after the occurrence of such vacancy, a writ of election to the Secretary of State for a special election to fill such vacancy, which election shall be held on the date named in the writ, which shall not be less than 30 days after its issuance. Upon receiving the writ of election from the Governor, the Secretary of State shall then transmit the writ of election to the superintendent of each county involved and shall publish the call of the election.