Governor Larry Hogan Announces Special Elections Will Be Held For District 7 Congressional Seat

October 28, 2019
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will announce special elections following the death of congressman Elijah Cummings.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation calling for special elections to be held in order to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of late Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

State law requires that a primary election should be held on the at least 65 days after the proclamation was issued and a special general election be held at least 65 days after the primary.

“It is imperative for the 7th Congressional District to have a strong voice in the House of Representatives, and today we are ensuring the process to fill this historic Maryland seat moves forward in a fair and timely manner,”said Governor Hogan.

The process will run as follows:

Certificates of candidacy may be filed beginning on October 30, 2019.

The deadline for nomination papers to be filed is November 20, 2019, and the deadline for candidate withdrawal is November 22, 2019.

The special primary election will occur on February 4, 2020, 76 days from the filing deadline.

The special general election will occur on April 28, 2020—the same date as the state’s spring primary, thereby avoiding the cost and confusion of multiple and additional election days—84 days after the special primary election.

Cummings held the seat since 1996.

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