OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says there will be a special election this year to replace departed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, but it’s not yet clear who will vote in that race.
Gregoire said Tuesday that the state must have representation in the 1st District later this year because major issues may come up for a vote in December. Inslee resigned his seat earlier this month to run for governor.
The situation has created confusion because of redistricting, which will dramatically reshape the 1st District next year. So, voters may end up voting twice for 1st District representation in November. Gregoire says it’s possible that voters in the old 1st District will vote to have someone represent them for a short while before the new 1st District representative is seated in January.