On Tuesday, Alabama voted to end special elections for Senate seats.
The vote came after weeks Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the December special election.
Moore was hit with many allegations from multiple women who said that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. One of the women who came out against Moore said the incident happened when she was 14. Jones’ victory made him become the first Alabama Democrat to be elected to the Senate in more than 20 years.
The bill passed 67-31 along party lines, even though there was a filibuster attempt from state House Democrats.
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The current law states that if a state Senate seat is vacated before the term ends, the governor must designate a temporary replacement until a special election is held.
However, under this new bill, the special election will coincide with the next election cycle and the appointee that the governor chooses will serve until the next general election.
Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, the bill’s sponsor, argued ending the special election was all about saving the state money, as the December special election cost $11 million. He added that it had “nothing to do” with Jones’ victory.
Clouse stated, “It has nothing to do with any of the personalities in that race. It has everything to do with the cost to the general fund.”
However, Democrats believe otherwise and argue that the people should vote as soon as possible.
The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate for a vote.
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