Sessions Senate Seat Dispute

Friday, January 13, 2017

If U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney General, Alabama will have an empty Senate seat. State Auditor Jim Zeigler is asking Governor Robert Bentley to change his plan for filling that position. State law requires the governor to appoint an interim senator to fill the seat and then call a special election to fill the remainder of the vacated term. This week, Bentley shared plans to set a special election to fill Sessions’ vacant senate seat during the 2018 election cycle. However, Ziegler points out that state code calls for the special election to come immediately after the vacancy unless it’s within four months of, but no more than 60 days before an upcoming general election. Governor Bentley claims holding the special election during the 2018 election cycle would save the state about $16 million dollars.

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