As a result of resignations or elections to higher office, four of the state’s legislative districts are without representation in the General Assembly. It’s up to Governor Bob Holden to call special elections to fill those vacancies, but he has so far failed to do so. Governor Holden rejects suggestions that he is delaying calling the vote because he wants to give some Democrats more time to prepare for election campaigning. He says things have been very busy in Jefferson City with the budget and other important issues. He expects to settle on a date for the voting in the next couple of weeks. No matter what the Governor decides, it will come too late for the residents of those districts. Ten weeks must pass from the time an election is called until the actual vote, and the Legislature will have wrapped up for the year by that time.
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