UPDATE from LWV MN: (October 9, 2020): A judge issued an opinion in the recent litigation determining the date of the MN CD 2 election. Functionally, the effect is that the November election will decide who takes the seat and there will not be a February special election. You can read the order here.
However, we also know that this is already being appealed. We will keep you updated.
UPDATE from LWV MN: (October 5, 2020) “A major party candidate in the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 race, Adam Weeks, has died. Minnesota law states that the election will be moved to a special election in February due to the death. However, a federal law states this election must take place in November. There is currently a lawsuit to determine when this election will take place (November or February). As a precaution, LWV encourages voters to vote for their preferred candidates on the November ballot, though the election may take place in February instead.”
(ORIGINAL POST): The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls extends our condolences to the family and friends of Adam Charles Weeks, candidate of the Legal Marijuana Now Party running for U.S. House of Representatives in MN Congressional District 2 who passed away earlier this week.
According to Minnesota state statute, the death of a major party nominee within 79 days of the general election requires the election to be decided by a special election held on the second Tuesday of February (February 9, 2021).
If you live in the Second Congressional District, please note the following information provided by Secretary of State Simon:
I live in CD2. What should I do?
Eligible voters in the Second Congressional district should continue to vote. If you have already voted absentee, either in person at your county elections office or by mail, you do not need to request a new ballot. Ballots will not be changed prior to the November 3rd election. While the Second Congressional District race will still appear on the ballot, the votes in that race will not be counted.
The Office has reached out to local elections officials with guidance on sharing information about next steps for the February 2021 special election.
The CD2 race will happen in February 2021 now, but be aware that your votes for all other races, including President, state legislative, and local races still matter and will be counted.