Special Election for District 7  Coming Soon in Tuscaloosa City???

A special election is most common in primary elections, where voters are choosing the candidates to run on the ballot for a certain office. However, runoff elections can also occur during general elections. The concept of a runoff election is a second election. It is held if the top vote-getting candidate in a first election - a primary or a general election - did not achieve the minimum percentage of votes required in that state. `The concept of a special election occurs when there is some question as to the qualification, at the time of the election, of a candidate.

Why is a special election needed in Tuscaloosa City?

The primary purpose of a special  election is to ensure a winning candidate meets the required votes, usually 50% or more. However, that is different by state and office. For example, if there were five candidates for an office, possibly no one would achieve 30% of the vote. A special election would then take place between the top vote-getting candidates. However, the rules would change if there are unusual circumstances.

What does a special election ballot look like?

A  special election ballot is a short ballot that contains only the names of the candidates under consideration.

When does a special election take place?

Each area that has special voting determines the date for its own elections.

In Alabama a primary candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote, or a primary runoff election will be held nine weeks after the first primary. When there is some question about a candidate's qualification at the time of the primary or runoff, a special election is called for.


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