Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the timeline for a special election to fill the vacant District 67 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives.
The District 67 House seat was previously held by Representative Darrio Melton. Melton was elected as the Mayor of Selma.
According to the special election timeline finalized Tuesday:
A Special Primary Election shall be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. In the event that a Special Primary Election is not necessary, because the major parties each have only one candidate, the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
A Special Primary Runoff Election shall be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, if necessitated by one candidate not receiving a majority of the votes cast in the Special Primary Election for either major party.
In the event that a Special Primary Runoff Election is not necessary, because one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the Special Primary Election for each major party, then a Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
In the event a Special Primary Runoff Election is required to be held, then the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
All candidates qualifying with major political parties should be advised that the last day for any candidate to qualify with their respective parties, regarding such election, will be Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The two major political parties shall certify their qualified candidates to the Secretary of State as soon as possible after the qualification deadline but by no later than 5:00 pm on November 29, 2016.
All independent candidates and/or any minor parties seeking ballot access are advised that the deadline for filing of the appropriate notification, petitions, or supporting paperwork with the Secretary of State shall be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm.