Jan 19, 2011

Arizona statute could cause Giffords to lose House seat

An article at the link below reports that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords could lose her House seat due to a little-known statutory provision in Arizona state law.

This provision could endanger the Democratic congresswoman's hold on her seat through what doctors say will be a protracted medical struggle.

The statute states that if a public officeholder ceases to "discharge the duties of office for the period of three consecutive months," the office shall be deemed vacant - at such time, a special election could be called to fill the vacancy.

More here.