72 Hour Qualifying Window Unfair to All But Political Insiders
MONTGOMERY — In a blatant demonstration of partisan favoritism, Governor Robert Bentley today declared that he would provide just 72 hours for candidates to qualify to run for the recent vacancies in State House Districts 45 and 48, severely limiting the ballot access window for potential candidates.
“I certainly hope no interested candidates are on vacation this week,” said Bradley Davidson, Executive Director for the Alabama Democrats. “It’s the middle of summer. We find it unfortunate that Governor Bentley has so little faith in his Party’s potential nominees that he’d try to handicap challengers with such a narrow qualifying window.”
Bentley opened the qualifying period with today’s official call for special elections in both districts, including the vacancy created by his decision to name Representative Greg Canfield (R - Vestavia Hills) head of the ADO. The special election called for House District 105 by Bentley in February had a qualifying period of one week.
“This an embarrassing misuse of his authority as Governor,” Davidson added. “Both the seats these elections will fill were held by Republicans. I can almost guarantee Governor Bentley’s colleagues had more advance notice than the rest of the state.”