Maryland Special Elections for County Executive Vacancies Amendment (2014)

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Special Elections for County Executive Vacancies Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Maryland Constitution
Referred by:Maryland Legislature
Topic:Elections and campaigns on the ballot
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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November 4
Transportation Fund Amendment
County Executive Vacancies Amendment
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The Maryland Special Elections for County Executive Vacancies Amendment is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Maryland as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would permit a county charter to provide for filling vacancies in county executive offices through special elections. The amendment would also remove the requirement that special elections for county executive officers be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November on even-numbered years.[1]

The amendment was introduced into the Maryland Legislature by Delegate Anne R. Kaiser (D-14) as House Bill 1415.[1]

Text of measure

Fiscal note

The fiscal note developed by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services reads as follows:[2]

Fiscal Summary

State Effect: If the constitutional amendment is approved, general fund expenditures may increase by over $100,000 if a special primary election and a special general election to fill a vacancy in the office of county executive are held in a large county.

Local Effect: If the constitutional amendment is approved, county expenditures may increase by over $1 million if a special primary election and a special general election to fill a vacancy in the office of county executive are held in a large county.

Small Business Effect: Minimal.[3]

Background

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On January 28, 2014, the Montgomery County Council sent letters to Delegate Anne R. Kaiser (D-14) and Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20) asking them to propose a change to the Maryland Constitution to allow the county to hold a special election if a county executive office becomes vacant. Currently, counties are allowed to hold special elections for county council positions, but not for county executive positions.

The letter stated, "Because I believe that the voters of the County should have the same opportunity to fill a vacancy in the position of County Executive as they do for a Councilmember, I ask if there is interest on the part of members of the delegation to pursue the necessary amendments to the Maryland Constitution and Code to make this a possibility."[4]

Support

Supporters

  • Maryland Association of Counties[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution

A 60 percent majority vote in both chambers of the Maryland State Legislature was required to refer the amendment to the ballot. HB 1415 was approved by the Maryland Senate on April 2, 2014. The amendment was approved by the Maryland House on April 4, 2014. The measure was enrolled as a constitutional referendum on May 5, 2014.[6]

Senate vote

April 2, 2013 Senate vote

Maryland HB 1415 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 47 100.00%
No00.00%

House vote

April 4, 2014 House vote

Maryland HB 1415 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 129 95.56%
No64.44%

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