RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell plans to call special elections on Sept. 4 for two Democratic legislative seats — one vacated by a senator’s death, another by a delegate’s resignation.

McDonnell announced his intention Wednesday, but won’t issue an official writ of election until Monday “to give political parties time to prepare for the nomination process.”

The short-notice election falls on the first Tuesday after Labor Day, the earliest possible date. It will involve voters in the Norfolk-based 5th Senate District and the 45th House District in Alexandria.

The seats were left vacant by the July 3 death of Sen. Yvonne Miller, the first black woman elected to Virginia’s General Assembly, and the resignation of Del. David Englin, who admitted an extramarital affair earlier this year.

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