The Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis on Feb. 21. Natalie Jones / Capital News Service

Election to fill congressional seat expected for next year

By: Emily Top, Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — As the 116th Congress is in its first session, which started in January, filling the seat vacated by the death of Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore, will require a special election.

According to Maryland law, Gov. Larry Hogan, R, has 10 days to issue a proclamation for a special primary election and special general election.

The special primary election would be held on a Tuesday at least 65 days after Hogan’s proclamation, and the special general election would be scheduled for a Tuesday at least 65 days after the special primary election.

If a seat should open during the second session, procedures vary based on the amount of time between the vacancy and the next general election.


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