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Maryland: legislation moves special for 4th CD

CQ Politics reports: A special election to fill a pending vacancy in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District will be held June 17 under legislation, signed Thursday afternoon by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, that allows a speedier schedule than usually allowed under state election statutes. The law, tailored to be effective only for this contest, will allow Maryland officials to skip a step in the state’s special election process following the upcoming resignation of eight-term Democratic Rep. Albert R. Wynn .

O’Malley, in a statement released Thursday announcing his signing of the bill, said he would issue a proclamation Friday establishing June 17, a Tuesday, as the special election date. That date would conform to the procedure embodied in the new law.

The law authorizes O’Malley to issue a proclamation, setting the special general election date, within 10 days after the date that “an office of representative in Congress becomes vacant or the governor accepts a written notice from the representative announcing a future date of resignation.” The date would have to fall between 36 days and 60 days after the notification, which he received from Wynn last week. The law also requires O’Malley to set deadlines for the candidates nominated by their parties to qualify for the ballot. ...

District Republicans are likely to opt for Peter James, a technology consultant who won the Feb. 12 GOP primary to face Edwards in the November election. James, though, has said he might sue to block the new law, charging that district residents’ right to choose party nominees in a primary is being abridged and that the legislation creates a short time frame that would restrict the ability of third-party candidates to gather enough signatures to qualify for the special election ballot.

The law allows the Democratic and Republican central committees in each of the two counties to recommend candidates to run as the parties’ nominees in the special election. A candidate is automatically nominated if both counties agree on their choice. If not, then the party’s state central committee would make the final decision. --
CQ Politics | Maryland House Special Election to be Held June 17

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