• Brandon Colvin

Qualifying window for 2022 political candidates is closing

The Alabama Republican Party announced today that it will be closing the qualifying period for all state elected offices and the U.S. Senate race on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CST as scheduled.

Per a recent Federal Court order, qualifying for Alabama's seven U.S. Congressional seats will remain open. Alabama GOP Chairman John Wahl, panned the court decision and claimed that the change has made it difficult for potential candidates to follow the rules.

"The Alabama Republican Party is disappointed by the confusion caused by this federal court order. We want to make it clear that qualifying will end this Friday for all state offices, as well as the U.S. Senate.

"We hope the issues surrounding our U.S. Congressional districts will be resolved quickly, so the people of Alabama will have clarity as we move through the 2022 election cycle. Our Constitution was very clear that district lines – whether U.S. Congressional, State Senate or State House – were to be drawn by the elected representatives of the people of that state."

The Alabama Democratic Party has extended their candidate qualifying period for congressional races in the 2022 election cycle to Friday, February 11th at 5p.m.

State Democrats made the change in response to guidance issued from the Alabama Secretary of State’s office regarding the recent ruling in federal court.

Like their GOP counterparts, the Alabama Dems are closing the qualifying window for all other state and county candidates at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.