What happens when nobody qualifies for an open position in an election

Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 4:46 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The qualifying period for the upcoming November election in Louisiana has ended, however, some open seats saw no qualifying candidates.

“Depending on what the race is for, we notify the Secretary of State, who in turn notifies the governor, and the governor sets it in the next available court date if it’s applicable,” said Mike Spence with the Caddo Parish Clerk of Court.

In Bienville Parish, no one qualified for the alderman seat in the Village of Lucky. In Caddo Parish, there are no qualifying candidates for the parish’s justice of the peace Ward 2 seat in the Oil City. DeSoto Parish has no candidates for two of their Village of Longstreet council members.

“The [Louisiana] Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton, he will be notified that he has no justice of peace here and generally he will get another justice of peace in the parish to take that work load also,” he said.

For the other vacant positions, Governor John Bel Edwards will choose a gubernatorial or congressional election date available during the year of the vacancy.

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