What happens now?
- Gov. Mark Dayton picks someone to temporarily fill the vacancy
- A new senator will be elected next November to finish Franken's term
- In 2020, a senator will be elected for the usual six-year term
This November's election will be considered a "special election" because Franken wasn't due to be up for re-election in 2018, so Minnesotans will vote for someone to fill his seat until 2020.
This special election will happen on the already scheduled Election Day.
However, there wasn't an a special election that time around because Wellstone's seat was already up for grabs that November.