Stories about Maryland

Hogan appoints Jones to Maryland House of Delegates

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) appointed Dana Jones to the Maryland House of Delegates on April 23 to fill a vacancy in the state’s legislature. Jones replaces Alice Cain (D), who retired at the end of the March legislative session for family reasons.

Jones received the Democratic Central Committee’s nomination for the District 30A seat and will serve the remainder of Cain’s term, which ends in January 2023. This is Jones’ first time holding public office.

After Jones’ appointment, the partisan composition of the Maryland House of Delegates is 99 Democrats and 42 Republicans. Maryland is one of 14 states with a divided government as it has a Republican governor and Democratic majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

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Alice Cain

In Maryland’s special 7th Congressional District election, ballots cast in person to be quarantined for 24 hours

On April 28, 2020, Maryland is conducting a special election for its 7th Congressional District. At the order of Governor Larry Hogan (R), the election is proceeding largely by mail. Three in-person voting sites are open. According to a report by NBC Washington, ballots cast in person will be quarantined for a period of about 24 hours before being tallied.

Maryland is one of 23 states that have temporarily modified absentee/mail-in voting procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is one of five states sending mail-in ballots automatically to all eligible voters in advance of select upcoming elections. The other states are California, Montana, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Special election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District to be held April 28

The special general election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District is on April 28, 2020. The election will be conducted primarily via mail. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland Board of Elections sent mail-in ballots to all eligible active voters. Three polling places will be open on April 28 for those who cannot vote by mail.

Kim Klacik (R) and Kweisi Mfume (D) are competing in the special election. The filing deadline to run passed on November 20, 2019. The Democratic and Republican primaries were held on February 4, 2020.

The special election was called after Elijah Cummings (D) died on October 17, 2019. Cummings served from 1996 until his death.

As of April 23, 2020, nine special elections have been called during the 116th Congress. Seven of those were called for seats in the U.S. House, and two were called for seats in the U.S. Senate. From the 113th Congress to the 115th Congress, 40 special elections were held.

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