By Faye Gaston
A one-time change from a four-year term to a five-year term requires extending the current term by 12 months for the mayor and council members in most cities in Alabama.
Last year, the mayor and council members elected during municipal elections will serve an additional year in office in Union Springs. The next municipal elections will be held in August 2025 rather than in August 2024.
The legislation was passed in the 2021 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, approving the 12 months extension in municipal terms of office.
This avoids having municipal elections in the same year as presidential and county elections. After elections in 2025, municipal elections will return to the four-year election cycle.
Qualification of candidates will move from July to June to give more time for confirmation of a candidate's eligibility to be on the ballot before printing the ballots.
The time between the election and the run-off election will be shortened from six weeks to four weeks.