February 14, 2017
Alabama Secretary of State
Secretary Merrill Cell: 334.328.2787
MONTGOMERY - With the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General a special election is now necessary to determine the person Alabamians will select to represent them with Senator Richard Shelby in the United States Senate for the remainder of the full term that expires in January 2021.
The Alabama Code 1975, Title 36-9-8, gives the Governor exclusive authority to call and set the dates for the special election. The proclamation from the Governor has set the special primary election to be held Tuesday, June 5, 2018 with the start of qualifying being set officially by the major political parties. The last day for qualifying is February 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
If a run-off is necessary it will be held July 17, 2018. And, the primary will be conducted in conjunction with the November 6, 2018 General Election.