Special election called to fill House Seat 34

Gov. Robert Bentley has set the election dates for the soon-to-be-vacant House Seat 34. The office will officially be open Sept. 1 after the Governor appointed longtime Blount County Rep. Elwyn Thomas as executive director of the Alabama Manufactured Home Commission.

The Governor has set the primary election for Tuesday, Oct. 23. If primary runoff elections are necessary, they will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11. If runoffs are not needed, the special general election would take place that day.

If runoff elections are necessary on Dec. 11, the special general election would be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

Candidates qualifying with major political parties must do so by Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. The two major political parties are to certify their qualified candidates with the Secretary of State by no later than Friday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m.

All third-party candidates, independent candidates, and/or minor party candidates wishing to be on the ballot but submit the appropriate notification, petitions, or supporting paperwork with the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

“We had several goals in mind as we established this special election timeline,” said Gov. Bentley. “This timeline will give candidates time to qualify for the election, it will give voters time to learn about the candidates, and it will allow time for voters to arrange a vote by absentee ballot, if necessary. This timeline should also help us ensure that District 34 will have representation in place by the next regular legislative session.”