One possible consequence of the controversy engulfing Roy Moore’s campaign for the U.S. Senate is apparently off the table. Josh Pendergrass, communications director for Gov. Kay Ivey, said today the governor does not intend to change the date of the Dec. 12 election. “The Governor is not considering and has no plans to move the special election for the U.S. Senate,” Pendergrass said in a text message. Moore has strongly denied the allegation reported by the Washington Post that he dated and had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
… Secretary of State John Merrill, the state’s top official over elections, said today Ivey has not talked to him about changing the election date.
Merrill said the fact that absentee and overseas voters have been casting ballots since Oct. 18 complicated the question of whether the date could be changed. “I don’t know if she has the authority to change the election in mid-stream,” Merrill said.
Ivey has already changed the date once. Former Gov. Robert Bentley initially scheduled the special election to coincide with next year’s elections. Ivey changed the date after she replaced Bentley as governor in April.