Currently, a local act is in place which allows the Governor to appoint if there is less than a year left on the unfilled term or if the governmental entity does not arrange for a special election within a given time frame. The current law works fine, "it ain't broke, it does not need fix'n."
The local legislative delegation and Republican Party minions in the county commission have arranged for this item to be placed on the Nov 6 election ballot using the excuse of election costs.
The Republican Party is carrying forth a movement to insure poor and minority people are not represented in order to maintain power in various national, state and county offices. The excuse placed forward in Jackson County Alabama by minions supporting the Republican Party's agenda is the cost of elections.
Governmental officials in Jackson County complain they cannot afford a Special Election but have gave pay increases to public and elected officials when many private citizens are suffering.
No one has a right to deny or remove citizens their voting rights due to the cost of an election. The right to vote has been bought and paid for by Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers, don't forget it.