Pennsylvania has all sorts of bizarre election laws that need to be changed.

This one takes the proverbial cake.

In case you missed all the hullabaloo lots of campaign money can buy, a special election is set for Tuesday.

Republican Ron Miller, Democrat Linda Small and write-in candidate Republican Scott Wagner will square off to determine who will fill former state Sen. Mike Waugh's seat through the end of the legislative session in November.

Pennsylvania officials tell us it's important to spend up to $200,000 to hold this special election to ensure Waugh's former constituents are represented during the state budget debate.

But just who are those constituents? Ah, that's where things get really confusing.

Pennsylvania's legislative boundaries have been redrawn. Technically, those new boundaries are already in effect.

State House and Senate members are ignoring that fact. They're doing the sensible thing and serving the constituents they were elected to serve under the old boundaries.

That's probably why state Rep. Will Tallman held a town hall meeting in Penn Township late last month, though not one square-foot of York County is in his new district. That's probably why state Sen. Mike Folmer of Lebanon County hasn't heard a peep from a single constituent on this side of the Susquehanna River, though his new district includes a large swath of York County.

The 28th state Senate District has changed, too. Seven municipalities have fallen out; eight new ones are included. And under one of those bizarre laws, next week's special election will be based on the new boundaries.

That means the voters selecting the individual to finish Waugh's term will be different from the voters who elected him to begin it.

So take heart residents of Hanover, Manchester and Mount Wolf. Take heart residents of East Manchester, Jackson, Penn and West Manheim townships. Someone in the state Senate will be representing you in the upcoming budget debate.

You just won't have any say in who that person is.

State Rep. Seth Grove calls the scenario being played out in York County "weird."

That might be the kindest word we'd use to describe this special election.