A Jefferson County Circuit Judge ruled Friday that Tuesday’s general election will be held as scheduled on November 2, despite a lawsuit that sought to remove a gubernatorial candidate’s name from the ballot or postpone the election.
The plaintiff in the case, Dr. James Blake, said that he will file an election contest after the Tuesday election. Secretary of State Beth Chapman says that Tuesday’s election will go on as planned and that she and her staff will be ready for whatever happens after the election.
"First and foremost, we will ensure that fair and honest elections take place on Tuesday," said Chapman. "We will handle whatever challenges come our way after the election. As always, we will follow the letter of the law and act in the best interests of the people of Alabama."
Unprecedented election issues are not new to Chapman and her staff, as they provided guidance for a historic primary recount after the June primary race when only a couple hundred votes separated two candidates for governor. Never before in state history had such an event occurred.
"We made it through the unprecedented primary recount and we will handle whatever presents itself next with this election. My staff and I are prepared for whatever comes our way to ensure fair and honest elections in Alabama."