BALTIMORE (AP) — Voters in the congressional district that U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings represented until his death earlier this month will elect his replacement in a special election announced Monday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan set the special primary election for Feb. 4 and the special general election for April 28. The latter will coincide with the state’s previously scheduled spring primary, a move that Hogan’s office said will avoid the cost and confusion of an additional election. Cummings had represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District since 1996. The Democrat died Oct. 17 at age 68 of complications from longstanding health issues. “It is imperative for the 7th Congressional District to have a strong voice in the House of Representatives, and today we are ensuring the process to fill this historic Maryland seat moves forward in a fair and timely manner,” Hogan said in a statement. “We have chosen the dates for this important special … [Read more...] about Dates set for special election to fill Rep. Cummings’ seat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may hold its presidential primary elections three months earlier after lawmakers passed bills Thursday to increase the influence of the nation’s most populous and diverse state. Supporters of the bills say the state’s June primary doesn’t give California voters enough say in who becomes president because it occurs so late on the calendar. The state’s 2016 primary occurred after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had already become the presumptive nominees for Republican and Democratic parties. An earlier primary would give Californians greater influence in the nomination decisions, said Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, who authored the Assembly bill. “California has largely been a non-factor when it comes to selecting candidates,” the San Francisco-area Democrat said. “AB84 will enable more Californians to be politically relevant in presidential election cycles.” Both houses of the state Legislature … [Read more...] about California lawmakers vote for earlier primary elections
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor has scheduled special elections to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Katie Hill and a Republican state senator. Gov. Gavin Newsom scheduled a general election on May 12 for the 25th Congressional District covering parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the 28th state Senate District in Riverside County. Primary elections for both seats will be March 3, the same day as the state’s presidential primary. Hill resigned last month amid an ethics probe of whether she had an affair with a staffer. Hill has suggested Sen. Jeff Stone resigned Nov. 1 after President Donald Trump appointed him to a U.S. Department of Labor position. … [Read more...] about California governor sets dates for special elections
What's at stake in Northern Ireland in this Westminster election? For EU remainers and nationalists it's a chance to turn the tables on the DUP, who have been enjoying their moment in the sun propping up the Conservatives for the last two years. Anxiety over Brexit and annoyance that the DUP is viewed as the sole voice of Northern Ireland in the Commons has led the SDLP, Sinn Fein and the Greens to take some radical steps. Their unofficial election pact could remove the DUP Belfast South MP Emma Little-Pengelly and put the party's deputy leader Nigel Dodds under intense pressure in the north of the city.The DUP is also under fire from its rival, the Ulster Unionists. New leader, same rivalryTheir new leader, Steve Aiken, argues that remaining in the EU is better than accepting an economic border down the Irish Sea, as envisaged in Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. Mr Aiken is endeavouring to spread the blame for that deal beyond Downing Street to Dundela Avenue, the DUP headquarters in … [Read more...] about General election 2019: What’s at stake in Northern Ireland?
A general election to elect MPs to the House of Commons at Westminster will be held on Thursday 12 December. These are the key facts about being ready to vote in Northern Ireland.Do I mark the ballot paper with an X or 1,2,3?A UK general election operates on a first-past-the-post system.Voters should mark the ballot paper with a single X next to their candidate of choice.The Single Transferable Vote system is only used for assembly, local council and European elections in Northern Ireland.Do I need to bring ID to the polling station?Voters in Northern Ireland must bring photo ID to the polling station. The polling card received through the post is for information purposes only and is not acceptable ID for voting purposes.The following ID documents are accepted:A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photographic part; provisional accepted)A UK, Irish or EU passportAn Electoral Identity CardA Translink Senior SmartPassA Translink 60+ SmartPassA Translink War Disabled SmartPassA Translink … [Read more...] about Get set to vote in the general election in Northern Ireland