HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The midterm elections were Tuesday, but some voters in the valley will have another election before the year is over.
Ben Cline is getting ready to represent the valley in Congress. He received 60 percent of the vote in the 6th Congressional District. Since Cline will be in Washington, his seat in the House of Delegates in Richmond is now open.
The outcome of that election could change the balance of power in the General Assembly.
The seat must be filled before the General Assembly begins their session on January 9. After Tuesday night's election results are certified on November 19, the General Assembly will know there will officially be a vacancy.
The governor, speaker of the house or leader of the senate can call for a special election.
"The same process takes place whether it's a special election or the general election," said Clara Belle Wheeler, vice chair of the state board of elections. "The parties choose their candidates by whatever means that party wants to choose candidates."
There's about seven weeks between when the results of the election will be certified and when the General Assembly begins their session.
During that time, Democrats and Republicans will choose their candidates for the seat and an election will be held. Wheeler says it is especially important for residents of the 24th district to pay attention to when parties are choosing candidates.
"I don't think it would be possible to overemphasize the importance of the voters paying attention to how their party or their independent candidate is chosen," Wheeler said.
Only residents of the 24th district will be able to vote in this election. You can find out if you live in the 24th district here.