Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday, April 18, signed a proclamation to move the special election date for the US Senate seat vacated by now-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The new schedule sets the primary on August 15, 2017, runoff on September 26, 2017, and the general election on December 12, 2017, almost a year ahead of the previously schedule election date.
“I promised to steady our ship of state. This means following the law, which clearly states the people should vote for a replacement US Senator as soon as possible,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “The new US Senate special election dates this year are a victory for the rule of law.
“This is not a hastily-made decision. I consulted legal counsel, the finance director, Speaker McCutcheon, Senate President Del Marsh, and both budget chairmen since the cost to the General Fund could be great. However, following the law trumps the expense of a special election,” added Ivey.