Dec 5, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Special election to replace Santos set for February

George Santos on Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

An election to fill the House seat vacated by Rep. George Santos' (R-N.Y.) expulsion was scheduled Tuesday.

Driving the news: The special election for New York's third Congressional district will take place Feb 13, 2024, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced.

A screenshot of a tweet by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, saying: "With the expulsion of George Santos from Congress, I am declaring a special election on February 13, 2024 to fill the vacancy and ensure continued representation for the residents of the Third Congressional District."
Photo: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul/X

Catch up quick: The House on Friday voted to expel Santos over his many fabrications on the 2022 campaign trail and his two federal indictments.

  • He became just the sixth lawmaker and first Republican to be expelled from the House in U.S. history.

State of play: Multiple candidates from both parties have announced bids for Santos' seat in 2024, including former Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat who held the seat until 2021.

How it works: Under New York law, a special election must be held to choose Santos' replacement.

  • Each nominee will be chosen by their respective local party committees.
  • The election is to be held between 70 and 80 days of vacancy.

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