Date Set for Special Senate Election

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has set the date for a special election to fill the District 22 state Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Pat Lindsey.

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the Senate term, which ends in November 2010.

The deadline for candidate qualification with the two major political parties is Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Party primaries will be held Tuesday, April 14. Primary runoffs, if necessary, will take place Tuesday, June 2. If no runoffs are necessary, the general election will be held Tuesday, June 2. In the event of a runoff, the general election will be held Tuesday, July 21.

The governor’s office has sent the schedule to the two major political parties and the probate judges in Senate District 22.

Due to U.S. Department of Justice requirements, the special election could not be held in time to allow the winner to assume office during the 2009 regular session of the Alabama Legislature. Those requirements include allowing enough time between elections so all votes, particularly absentee ballots from overseas military personnel, can be cast and counted.

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