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Getting Answers: What happens when no one qualifies for a public office?

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Posted at 8:13 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 21:13:48-05

MERMENTAU, La.  — KATC is getting answers after the only race in Acadia Parish, Alderman for the Village of Mermentau, had no applicants when qualifying for the March 20 special election that ended on Friday, Jan. 22.

What happens to this unfilled seat now?

According to a letter from the Secretary of State’s Office to the Mermentau village clerk, when a vacancy exists in such an office then the governing authority has 20 days from the end of qualifying to appoint an individual to fill the vacancy and call for a special election.

Mermentau has to do this either on or before Feb. 11, according to the letter.

The next available election would be the primary on Oct. 9, and the general on Nov. 13, which includes qualifying dates of July 14-16.

The letter states that if the governing authority of the town does not issue a proclamation for the special election and appointment in a timely manner, then the SOS will forward a request to the governor to do so for them.

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