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Governor Ivey moves special election for U.S. senate seat to 2017

(Source: Governor's Office) (Source: Governor's Office)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

A special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions will happen earlier than originally planned. 

Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation on Tuesday to move the special election up more than 9 months to August 15, 2017. 

The special election, originally announced by former Governor Robert Bentley in February, was set for June 5th, 2018. Former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was appointed to the Senate seat in the interim. 

Here is the new schedule for the special election:

  • August 15, 2017 - Primary
  • September 26, 2017 - Runoff
  • December 12, 2017 - General Election

“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.”

Governor Ivey will hold a news conference at noon on Tuesday at the Capitol in the basement press briefing area. She will provide a more detailed statement on the topic and answer media questions.

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