SB 597 - Currently, a political party nominating committee may select a party candidate for election to an office for a special election. This act removes that process and instead requires that a primary election be held for every special election at least 45 days prior to the special election. Nonpartisan elections and elections in which only one candidate has filed do not require a primary election. This act also requires that notice of both the primary and special elections be published with the name of the office to be filled, the dates of the primary and special elections, and the dates by which candidates must be filed for office.
This act is substantially similar to SCS/SB 117 (2015).