Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Gov. Kay Ivey Moves Up Special Election Date for US Senate Seat

Gov. Kay Ivey Moves Up Special Election Date for US Senate Seat

A special election could cost about $15 million, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Tuesday.

The specifics of the announcement are unknown at this time, but the press conference was called just a few hours after Governor Kay Ivey said she was moving up the election for the Senate seat left vacant by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to later this year.

In changing the election date, Ivey said she was following the law and keeping her promise to "steady our ship of state". If a runoff is needed, that will take place September 26, 2017.

As Rachel noted on the show last night, Alabama's U.S. Senate special election will be held this year, instead of next year as originally scheduled.

"This is not a hastily-made decision".

"Surely, there are costs with any election ... but what's really important is that the authority of the people is returned to the people to select their representative", Ivey said.

Sessions, a Republican who previously served as a senator from Alabama, was confirmed as USA attorney general in February.

The accelerated schedule kicks election season for the powerful position into overdrive.

Governor Ivey says the decision to move the date up nearly a year was not rushed. Richard Shelby in the November general election, announced in February he would again seek election to the Senate. Odd has also declared his intention to run to keep his new seat.

"As I've said for months, I'm a candidate and I'm ready to run whether the election is next month or next year", unusual said.

"(President Donald) Trump's going to need help draining the swamp", said Henry, who was Trump's Alabama campaign co-chairman. "The people of Alabama deserve nothing less and ultimately it will be up to them to decide who will represent them in Washington".

Some legislators, including Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said Bentley violated the law by preventing voters from choosing Sessions' replacement for 16 months. "This demonstrates a departure from the backroom politics that we have seen for too long in Montgomery", England said.

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