Gov. Kay Ivey is considering setting a special election for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat that former Gov. Robert Bentley had delayed until late next year...As governor, Bentley had sole discretion on when to schedule the special election and he chose to include it in the next general election in November 2018.
With Ivey ascending to governor, there has been a new call for the special election to be set sooner.
In case you missed it, after Senator Jeff Sessions became the Attorney General, then-Governor Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the seat, and chose to dump the special election to fill out the rest of Sessions’ term in with the general election held on the same day. Now that Bentley has resigned due to the criminal investigation exploring a misuse of resources to cover up an affair, that scheduling has been called into question and the new Governor may bump things up. The Secretary of State and the Alabama Black caucus both vocalized support for an earlier special election, and State Auditor Jim Zeigler sued then-Governor Bentley over what he claimed was a “corrupt” appointment. The current Governor has a month to make her decision.