The Alabama House of Representatives votes to do away with special elections for the state’s 2 US Senate seats. Instead, the governor’s appointee will serve for up to 2 years. Representatives approved the bill in a 67 to 31 vote.
Republicans say it will save the state millions of dollars in special election costs. Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, the bill’s sponsor, says the recent special election cost the state more than $10 million.
Alabama law is currently unclear on the timing of special elections to fill Senate vacancies. Existing law says if the vacancy occurs more than four months before a general election, the governor shall “forthwith order an election” but does not specify a time frame.