COLUMBIA, S.C. – A special election to fill the vacant seat of former Sen. Robert Ford (D – Charleston) has been set for Oct. 1, according to a release issued by the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s office on Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell issued a Writ of Election, announcing a special election to fill South Carolina Senate District 42. Ford resigned Friday. Hours later, his colleagues found the 20-year veteran Democratic senator committed multiple violations of state ethics law and referred his case to the attorney general's office for further investigation. “Pursuant to the provisions of Section 25 of Article III of the South Carolina Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor is required and directed to issue an order calling for a special election to fill a vacancy occurring in the South Carolina Senate,” a release issued by McConnell’s office said.

Filing for the vacant seat will open at noon on June 21 and close at noon July 1.

Primary elections are scheduled for Aug. 13, with runoff contests set for Aug. 27 if needed.

The special election will be held on Oct. 1.