Alabama governor announces state House special election

Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has called a special election to fill the vacant District 74 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The special election is set for November 12. The seat became vacant when Dimitri Polizos (R) died of a heart attack on March 27, 2019. He had held the seat since 2013 and was re-elected in 2018 with 61 percent of the vote. The winner of the special election will hold the seat until November 7, 2022.
 
The primary is on June 11. If no candidate in either partisan primary receives more than 50 percent of the vote, special primary runoffs will be held on August 27. If no primary runoff is necessary, the special general election will be held on August 27 instead of November 12. The filing deadline for major party candidates is April 9, and the filing deadline for independent candidates is June 11.
 
In 2019, there have been 52 state legislative special elections scheduled or held so far in 20 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.
 



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