After the tragic crash on Wednesday that took the life of Jackie Walorski and three other people, Indiana’s 2nd District seat is now vacant.
So how exactly does the process go to find someone to finish her term? Indiana law and the U.S. Constitution state that a special election be held to fill the seat. That seat is also up for grabs again in the November election. Governor Holcomb will have to call for the special election, and that process has not yet begun.
The question the state’s GOP party leaders now face is whether to find someone to act as a placeholder, since the Midterm Election is so close, or chose from a number of both young up-and-coming candidates and experienced established candidates.
Holcomb has the option to wait and hold the special election at the same time as the November Midterm, which means voters would actually vote twice for Representative — once for someone to finish the current term, and once for a Representative to take the seat in January. The same candidate could win both votes.
The last time Indiana voters were faced with this situation was in 2010 when Congressman Mark Souder resigned after admitting to an affair with a female staffer.