(a) Whenever from any cause a vacancy occurs in the representation of any senatorial
or representative district in the general assembly while the general assembly is in
session, the secretary of state shall cause the local board of the city or town to
issue a warrant ordering an election to fill the vacancy, to be held in that district
at least seventy (70) but not more than ninety (90) days from the occurrence of the
vacancy; provided, that if the general assembly has nearly completed its January
session so that it is doubtful whether the person to be chosen can serve as a member
at that session, the election shall not be ordered within that time limit, but may
be held at any later date within that calendar year, if that year is the first year
of the biennial period for which a general assembly has been chosen. And, provided further, the election to fill the vacancy shall be held on a Tuesday
that falls between the seventieth and ninetieth day of the vacancy. If the vacancy occurs after the first Monday in February in the second year of the
biennial period for which a general assembly was chosen, no warrant shall be issued
for a special election to fill the vacancy. If the vacancy occurs or exists at any other time when the general assembly is not
in session, the secretary of state shall cause to be issued a warrant for an election
to be held to fill the vacancy.
(b) Every person elected pursuant to the provisions of this section shall hold his
or her office for the remainder of the term that person is elected to fill, and until
his or her successor is elected and qualified.
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