Gov. Kay Ivey recently announced the special election for the currently vacant House District 10 seat after the former officeholder resigned after being arrested on voter fraud charges.

Last month, State Rep. David Cole (R-Huntsville) officially resigned his position in the House of Representatives after his arrest on voter fraud charges.

Cole took office in 2022 after the 20-year tenure of Mike Ball. Cole is charged with fraud by voting at multiple or unauthorized locations.

RELATED: State Rep. David Cole's arrest stems from changing voter registration to bolster residence claims, lawyer who prosecuted election challenge says.

Ivey set the special primary election for December 12. The special primary runoff, if necessary, is Jan. 9, 2024. The special general election is March 26, 2024

“The people in House District 10 deserve to be fully represented in the legislative process, and by calling this special election, we will ensure that to be the case. Those in public office must be held accountable and to the highest standard,” Ivey said. “I encourage everyone in this district to get out and vote during this special election to ensure you have a strong voice advocating for you in the Alabama Legislature.”

Marilyn Lands, the 2022 Democratic candidate for the seat, did not respond to 1819 News when asked if she was running again.

The deadline for qualifying with major political parties will be October 10 at 5:00 p.m. The deadline for all independent candidates and/or minor parties is December 12 at 5:00 p.m.

To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email

 Don't miss out! Subscribe to our newsletter and get our top stories every weekday morning.