Late state Rep. Tony DeLuca’s name will remain on ballot: here are options for voters

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — With just a handful of days left until the midterm election, the late state Rep. Tony DeLuca’s name will remain on the ballot, causing confusion for voters in the 32nd District.

DeLuca, a Democrat who served the district for nearly 40 years, died earlier this month of lymphoma, but it’s unlikely there will be enough time to begin a special election process.

So, what does that mean for voters in the 32nd District?

It means that on Nov. 8, voters will see DeLuca’s name along with his opponent, Green Party challenger Queonia Zarah Livingston, on the ballot. No Republicans are running.

Election officials said voters still have options.

They can vote for Livingston, and if she is successful and wins, she will take the office next year.

Or, voters can vote for DeLuca and if he wins, the seat will remain vacant at the beginning of the term, and the department of state will schedule a special election, where qualified candidates from any party can run and secure the seat.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties said if DeLuca was to win, they would nominate candidates. Livingston said she would also run in the special election.

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