Hogan sets primary, general election dates to replace Cummings

Gov. Larry Hogan has set Feb. 4 as a special primary election date and April 28 as the general election date for voters to choose a successor to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings in the 7th Congressional District.

State law requires that a primary election be held at least 65 days after the governor’s proclamation is issued and a general election be held at least 65 days after the primary.

In a statement from the governor’s office, Hogan said he extended the minimum duration of the election a short period to allow more time for the State Board of Elections to prepare and to ensure those serving overseas in the military can receive and return their ballots in an adequate period of time. This also provides additional time for candidates to file and campaign, and for voters to engage in the process.

Under this timetable:

  • Certificates of candidacy may be filed beginning on Oct. 30.
  • The deadline for nomination papers to be filed is Nov. 20, and the deadline for candidate withdrawal is Nov. 22.
  • The special primary election will occur on Feb. 4, 2020, 76 days from the filing deadline.
  • The special general election will occur on April 28 — the same date as the state’s spring primary.


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