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How the 7th District seat will be filled following Cummings' death

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 17:54:21-04

BALTIMORE — Following the death of longtime Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, Governor Larry Hogan now must issue a proclamation, declaring a Special Primary and General Election to fill his 7th District seat.

Under Title 8, Subtitle 7 of the Maryland Election Law Code, the Governor will have to issue the proclamation within the next 10 days.

According to the law, Hogan can schedule a Special Primary Election on any Tuesday 65 days or more after his proclamation.

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The General Election would then be held at least 65 days following the Primary.

Once election dates are announced, State and local board members of parts of Baltimore City and Baltimore and Howard Counties that make up the 7th District would immediately be notified, so absentee ballots can be made for uniformed services or overseas voters, at least 45 days before the election.

Governor Hogan's office hasn't yet released any announcement.