Alabama House Committee Approved Bill to Eliminate Special Elections for State and Senate Seats

Thursday, March 8, 2018


An Alabama House committee has approved a bill to do away with special elections for state House and Senate seats if a vacancy occurs late in a member’s term. State Senator Rusty Glover says the general fund is losing money because of these special elections. 


The committee overwhelmingly passed the proposal, which would eliminate special elections if a member leaves office on or after October 1st in the third year of their 4 year term. 


Instead of the governor calling for a special election to fill the seat, the governor would appoint someone to the post. The next step is for the entire House to take up the bill.


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