MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced the timeline for special elections that will run concurrently to fill the District 74 and District 104 seats in the Alabama House of Representatives.
The District 74 seat was previously held by Representative Jay Love, who resigned from the seat effective August 1. The District 104 seat was previously held by Representative Jim Barton, who announced his resignation on Wednesday.
District 74 covers portions of Montgomery County. District 104 covers portions of Mobile County. According to the election timeline announced Thursday:
A Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Or, in the event that a Special Primary Election is not necessary because the major parties only have one candidate, a Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
If necessary because of one candidate not receiving a majority of the votes in the Special Primary Election, a Special Primary Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
If a Special Primary Runoff Election is not necessary because one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the Special Primary Election, the Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
If a Special Primary Runoff Election is required, the Special General Election will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
“This timeline is designed to have representatives in place as soon as possible,” Governor Bentley said. “The timeline gives candidates time to qualify, it gives voters time to learn about the candidates, and it allows time for those who are unable to vote in-person to arrange to vote by absentee ballot.”
Candidates qualifying with major political parties must do so by Monday, August 19, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. The two major political parties are to certify their qualified candidates to the Secretary of State as soon as possible after the qualification deadline but by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
All third-party candidates, independent candidates, and/or minor party candidates seeking ballot access are advised that their deadline for filing the appropriate notification, petitions, or supporting paperwork with the Secretary of State is Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.