***UPDATE 12:10 p.m.***
Secretary of State John Merrill says in order for him to add a lottery to the November general election ballot, legislators would have to pass a law requiring him to do so. He stands by his reading of the rule that the deadline has passed.
***ORIGINAL STORY***Attorney General Luther Strange wrote a letter to the Secretary of State regarding the November ballot deadline after lawmakers questioned whether the cut-off was 76 days before the general election or 74 days.
Attorney General Luther Strange wrote a letter to the Secretary of State regarding the November ballot deadline after lawmakers questioned whether the cut-off was 76 days before the general election or 74 days.
“Because of the emergency nature of your request and your need for an immediate answer, and the fact that the 76-day deadline has already passed, this Office cannot issue a formal opinion,” Strange wrote. ” Our preliminary research uncovers no specific statute that governs the timing for the Legislature to submit proposed constitutional amendments to the Secretary of State. In the absence of any specific statute, the ALabama Constitution ( 1901) provides taht ‘ the election shall be held in all things accordance with the law governing general elections.'”
Strange essentially leaves the decision up to Secretary of State John Merrill.
Merill told reporters Wednesday afternoon that as he reads the rule, the deadline has already passed.
Secretary of State John Merrill told reporters on Wednesday, that the way he reads the rule, the deadline is in fact 76 days, making the deadline Wednesday, August 24th at 11:59 p.m.
WKRG is currently working on contacting the Attorney General’s office as well as the Secretary of State for more information.
You can read the entire letter HERE: