When Bentley appointed Strange, he simultaneously scheduled the corresponding special election to run concurrently with the 2018 regular voting cycle. A lawsuit was filed arguing that the law requires more of an immediate election. If Gov. Ivey changes the election date to this year, it is surmised that many individuals will challenge Strange because they won’t have to risk their current political position. Such would not be the case in a regular election cycle.
Since the Alabama Secretary of State has informed the new Governor he will need her to make the electoral change on or before May 12th to give him time to administer a special statewide election in 2017, we can expect Gov. Ivey to quickly resolve this situation.