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  •  Not without the certificate (2+ / 0-)
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    Wreck Smurfy, VClib

    Scott Brown got it expedited by a week, but you need the certificate:

    If this was the House, it wouldn’t be necessary for Congress to wait that long. Last year, a special election was held in the 10th Congressional District on Nov. 6 to complete the unexpired term of the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne. His son, Donald Payne Jr., won that election (as well as one for a full two-year term) that day and was sworn into office on Nov. 15, nine days later, based on the unofficial election returns as relayed to Congress by the state.

    From that day’s timeline of House floor activities: “The House received a message from the Clerk. The Clerk transmitted to the House a scanned copy of a letter received from the Honorable Kimberly M. Guadagno, Lieutenant Governor/Secretary of State, State of New Jersey, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held November 6, 2012, the Honorable Donald M. Payne Jr. was elected Representative to Congress for the Tenth Congressional District, State of New Jersey.”

    That’s not good enough for the Senate, however.

    Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson tells my colleague, Malia Rulon Herman of our Washington bureau, that the Senate requires the actual certified results, not unofficial ones. Once the certificate is received by the Senate, the swearing-in will be scheduled — probably pretty quickly, especially if Democrats regain a seat currently held by the Republican Chiesa — by Gary Myrick, the Senate’s Democratic secretary.

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