August 28th, 2009
10:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Dates proposed for Massachusetts special election

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will decide the date of the special election to fill the Senate seat."]

(CNN) - The special election to fill Massachusetts' vacant Senate seat will be held on either January 19 or January 26, the Massachusetts secretary of state confirms.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will make the final decision on the exact date.

If a primary is needed that would be held either December 8 if the earlier general election date is chosen or December 15 if the latter one is chosen.

Massachusetts law currently states the special election has to be held between 145 and 160 days after a seat is vacated. Galvin gave his proposal to the governor's office Thursday.

Filed under: Deval Patrick • Massachusetts • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. mjm

    Wow. If only they hadn't changed that law back in 2004 the gov could appiont some one today.

    Who knew?

    If your bill needs 60 votes to be fillabuster proof, your bill is not worth passing.

    Bush never needed 60. Not even for the war.

    August 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. jaye

    There goes healthcare.......... sigh.

    August 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Change the law

    Those of us trapped in red states need a Massachusetts senator's vote for health care. Please change the law and make a temporary appointment. It's too important.

    August 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. addon

    WOW ......Republicans want to "follow the law" ? Who says America can't change?

    August 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. howie

    Follow the rule of law, do not change it for EITHER party!!!!!

    August 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. HEH

    It is a disservice to all to not report the facts, CNN. This law was changed a mere 5 years ago to prevent a republican gov. from appointing a republican senator. Now that they want to change it back smacks of simple, petty politics. Sad when your bloggers are the ones disseminating that fact and not your so-called 'journalists"

    August 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Philippe

    Come on let's figth !!! the GOP can win the seat. People of Mass. you can stop the democrats congress plan to socialize your country, you can stop the dangerous experiment of Obama administration. By your vote, you can tell the bureaucrats of Washington that you can spend your money better than the goverment spend it...The "New Boston Tea Party" will start in January 2010.

    August 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. randy

    And again liberals being dirt ball in 04', comes back to bite them. I love it if these guys were not so stupid it would be funny. There has to be breath of fresh air, in Mass. Now somebody can support the actual tax payors not the leeches.

    August 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Luke

    it is a temp appointment people.....we just need to yes votes for health care....then we the people of MA can elect a senator in 145 days!!

    August 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. millwright

    wah wah wah Democrats didn't mean to make the law that would backfire on them, The law was made to do what exactly what they wanted years back but was intended to block a Republican Governor. Kennedy was behind the law change in the first palce. Boo hoo hoo 🙁

    August 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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