The Minnesota statute that we

The Minnesota statute that we think governs the situation created by Senator Wellstone’s unfortunate and untimely death is Minnesota Statute section 204B.13, subdivision 2. We are linking to it so that you can take a look yourself. As of this moment, Governor Ventura can appoint someone to assume the seat, but not for the six-year term that should be determined at the election on November 5. We may be missing something here, but it appears that Minnesota’s DFL party needs to name a candidate to contest the election against Norm Coleman on November 5. Many Minnesotans have of course already voted by absentee ballot, a consideration that is beyond our analysis at this point.