(politics) Umm, what?



http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/07/11/michigan-not-happy-about-special-house-election/

So let me get this straight.

11th district congressman fails to qualify for the ballot.

Tries running as write-in... gives that up.

Abrubtly resigns.

So now there will be a regular primary on Aug 7th to pick the nominees
for an election in November to sit in Congress representing the NEW
(redistricted) 11th district starting in Jan 2013

Then there will be a special primary on Sept. 5th to pick the nominees
for a special election in November to sit in Congress representing the
OLD (pre-redistricting)11th district from November 6th till Jan 2013.

Then on election day in November, residents of the OLD 11th district
will vote for someone to represent them for seven weeks, in addition
to electing someone to represent them in their new district (which for
some may be the NEW 11th) starting in Jan 2013.

What a rfscking mess.

My question is: if you're running for the new 11th and live in the
part of the new 11th that overlaps with the old, do you also sign up
for the special election? For that matter, if you're running for a
seat in any of the new districts and also live in the old 11th, do you
also sign up for the special election? Or will the special election
be populated with people thinking "it would be cool to be a
congressman for seven weeks" while the big boys fight it out for the
full term in the new seats.
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