Clark: Mississippi Election Law Concerning Filling Vacancy in United States Senate
From: Sec. of State Eric Clark Filed 11/26/07 GCN
“I commend Senator Trent Lott’s 35 years of distinguished service in Washington. Throughout his tenure in Congress, he has proven time and again to be an outstanding public servant, always keeping the interest of Mississippians close to his heart. His leadership will be greatly missed.
“With Senator Trent Lott’s announcement that he will resign, my office has received many questions about the procedures to fill his vacant position.
“Within tens days after Senator Lott vacates his office, Governor Barbour will appoint a Senator to serve until the winner of the Special Election for United States Senator is elected and commissioned.
“The Governor has announced that he will call a special election for United States Senator on November 4, 2008, which is the regular general election day for the 2008 congressional elections.
“For special elections, a primary election does not take place. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes will be the winner. If no candidate gets a majority on November 4, 2008, a runoff will be required. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will face off three weeks later. All persons wishing to run should submit their qualifying papers with the required 1,000 signatures of electors to the Secretary of State’s office. Qualifying forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at www.state.state.ms.us.”