Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is making a remarkable recovery from being shot through the head last week but under an Arizona law she could have her office declared vacant by April and a special election held to select a replacement for her. This law states that if a congressional member is unable to perform the duties of office for three consecutive months the governor is required to declare the office vacant and order a special election to fill the seat.
It is also possible, but less likely, that the House of representatives could declare the office vacant due to disability. Giffords could also, if conscience and rational, resign..
The question arises as to whether either of these should be done, and if this would be best for the people of the district. Much would depend on the rate of recovery and the amount of recovery. Should she keep her seat two years if she is unable to carry out her duties? Would this be fair to her district? Would it be fair to remove her if she may someday recover?
Something to consider.