The Arizona state Senate attached an emergency clause to a bill that changes the rules for replacing a member of Congress who dies in office or chooses to resign. Right now if Sen. John McCain dies or retires the vacancy would be filled by a special election. The primary would be in August and the general would be on the November ballot. But if McCain’s seat became vacant after May 31st then his replacement would be an appointment by the Governor until the end of McCain’s term.
The new proposal would move the date back to March 31st instead of the current May 31st. That means that McCain could retire tomorrow and his seat would be filled by the Governor and voters wouldn’t pick a replacement until 2020.
The emergency clause needs a 2/3 vote to pass and State Democrats say they will not vote for it.
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