Special elections time: Seat should not be vacant for years
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There is merit to another bill heard in Concord this week. It would require a special election whenever a state representative seat becomes vacant. But it should come with time limits.
Right now, the local selectmen or aldermanic board determines whether to schedule a special election during the two-year legislative term if a vacancy occurs. That may happen if a representative has died or moved out of his district or has been hauled off to serve time in the calaboose.