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Alabama: Election Commission calls for special election to fill vacancy on Jefferson County commission

The Birmingham News reports: The Jefferson County Election Commission on Monday set a Feb. 5 election to replace Larry Langford on the County Commission.

That action sets up a likely legal showdown with Gov. Bob Riley, who maintains he has the authority to appoint Langford's replacement. ...

"What the Election Commission has done is both illegal and unconstitutional," said Ken Wallis, Riley's chief legal adviser. "They are acting on a law that is invalid."

Wallis said the election officials are wrong to cite the 1977 legislation and are misinterpreting the 2004 act. The 1977 act is void because it was passed before the 2004 law took effect, Wallis said. -- Election set to replace Langford- al.com

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