Jeffco. could face legal problems with special election

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The June first special election to replace William Bell on the Jefferson County Commission could face legal problems.

The U-S Justice Department did pre-clear the law calling for a special election to fill a vacancy on the county commission. The Jefferson Co. Election Commission set June first as the date and a runoff three weeks later if needed. But a federal law requires a six week period before the runoff election can take place.

Violation of the law could lead to a lawsuit and possible loss of federal dollars. Jefferson Co. Probate Judge, Alan King, recognized the problem immediately. The commission passed a resolution to move the date if it's ordered. "I wish when the act was re-adopted, I wish they set the runoff election for six weeks instead of three weeks. It was done that way." King said.

Judge King will ask the U-S Justice Dept. to pre-clear the election date. If a change is demanded, the commission will move the runoff date.