24 March 2012

Can the legislature extend the term of office of an elected official?


"By a vote of 129-0, the House also approved a bill to move Baltimore City's elections, now held in the year before a presidential election, to the same year as the presidential election starting in 2016.  The bill is designed to boost turnout, but critics say it would allow city officials to run for statewide office in gubernatorial election years without having to give up their current office.  All 23 counties in Maryland hold their elections during the same year as the gubernatorial election.  The Senate has approved a similar bill.  If it is approved by both chambers, current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the current city council would remain in office until 2016."

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