The Nevada Supreme Court indicated Tuesday that it needs more time to rule on a key election procedure than a planned Sept. 13 election date would allow.
As a result, Nevadans in the district — which encompasses all of Nevada with the exception of urbanized areas of Clark County — might not get to vote on Heller’s replacement until October or even November. The replacement would fill out the last year of Heller’s unexpired term, thereby getting a leg up on the competition in the 2012 election.
Gov. Brian Sandoval chose Heller to fill the seat of embattled U.S. Sen. John Ensign in April. Ensign resigned just before the Senate Ethics Committee released the results of an investigation into an affair he had with a female aide who was his wife’s best friend and into his attempts to cover it up.
The high court will announce the extra time it needs for the special election after hearing from the parties involved. No opposition is expected from Democrats or Republicans. And the secretary of state’s office, which is coordinating the special election, raised no immediate objection.