Special election for House seat set for Dec. 3

Published 12:55pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley announced the details Tuesday for a special election to fill the vacant  District 31 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The district encompasses large portions of Elmore and ­Coosa counties.

Bentley said a Special Primary Election will be held Dec. 3.

If a runoff is necessary because one candidate doesn’t receive a majority of votes, it will be held Jan. 28, 2014.

If a runoff is not necessary, the Special General Election will be held Jan. 28, 2014. If a Special Primary Runoff Election is required, the Special General Election will be March 25, 2014.

“This election time line is designed to have a representative in place as soon as possible,” said Bentley. “The time line gives candidates time to qualify, it allows voters time to learn about candidates and it allows time for those who are unable to vote in-person to arrange to vote by absentee ballot.”

Those who wish to qualify as candidates in the race must do so within the next few days. Qualifying with major political parties opened immediately upon the election announcement and will close Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. The two major political parties must certify their qualified candidates with the Secretary of State no later than Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

The deadline for all third-party candidates, independent candidates and/or minor party candidates seeking ballot access to file the appropriate notification, petitions or supporting paperwork with the Secretary of State is Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.

Barry Mask previously held the District 31 seat. His resignation – announced in early September – was official Monday.

Mask served as the House District 31 representative from the time he won a special election in 2006 until his resignation. His decision stemmed from his acceptance of the position of chief executive officer of the Alabama Association of Realtors in May.

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