Sep 28, 2011 5:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The election for secretary of state is a two-in-one race for the candidates and voters.
When voters choose between two Republicans - Tom Schedler and Jim Tucker - they will be electing someone to fill what's left of the current term of office as well as the secretary of state for the next four years, a term that begins in January.
The Advocate reports that the winner on Oct. 22 could be sworn in as the state's chief elections officer as soon as Nov. 1 to complete the current term.
The elected office became vacant when Jay Dardenne won the race for lieutenant governor last year. By law, Schedler - who was Dardenne's then-first assistant - took over until an election could be held.