Stephen Wolf+ Your Authors @PoliticsWolf @DKElections staff writer covering voting rights, gerrymandering, maps, & poli sci. Get the free Voting Rights Roundup weekly newsletter Aug. 15, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Massachusetts Democrats could just change the law again to require a same-party appointee (really every state should do this), or Warren or Sanders could just resign before the election so the special would be concurrent with 2020. This is only a problem if Dems let it become one

That’s not how it works in most of the states that do this for their legislatures. Usually, it’s the state/local party committee of the former member submitting a few names to the governor to pick from

Massachusetts Democrats have had veto proof majorities for a very, very long time. Vermont also has a veto-proof Democratic/Progressive majority again after 2018

Both Massachusetts & Vermont will hold regularly scheduled legislative sessions in 2020

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