April 24, 2020 •

Virginia Elections Postponed

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam

Gov. Ralph Northam has postponed upcoming elections for two weeks. Pursuant to a pair of executive orders, the general and special elections scheduled for May 5 will instead be held on May 19. Additionally, the primary election scheduled for June […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has postponed upcoming elections for two weeks.

Pursuant to a pair of executive orders, the general and special elections scheduled for May 5 will instead be held on May 19.

Additionally, the primary election scheduled for June 9 will be held June 23.

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April 16, 2020 •

Georgia Special Election June 9 to Fill Hill’s Senate Seat

Sen. Jack Hill

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the date for a special election for Senate District 4. The passing of Senator Jack Hill on April 6 created the vacancy. The election will be held on June 9 with a runoff election […]

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the date for a special election for Senate District 4.

The passing of Senator Jack Hill on April 6 created the vacancy.

The election will be held on June 9 with a runoff election on August 11, if needed.

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April 15, 2020 •

Campaign Finance Commission Upholds Ban of Contributions During Suspended Session

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Georgia State Capitol Building

The Georgia Campaign Finance Commission issued formal opinions to reiterate the General Assembly is still legally in session. Lawmakers have not officially adjourned sine die, nor has the governor issued an executive order adjourning both houses. Members of the General […]

The Georgia Campaign Finance Commission issued formal opinions to reiterate the General Assembly is still legally in session.

Lawmakers have not officially adjourned sine die, nor has the governor issued an executive order adjourning both houses.

Members of the General Assembly and other statewide elected public officers remain subject to the session ban on campaign contributions.

However, they are permitted to issue reimbursements to themselves and campaign staff for expenses incurred during the suspended session.

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April 14, 2020 •

Mississippi Sets House District 87 Special Election for November

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has announced the special election to fill House District 87 will be held on November 3. A runoff election is set for November 24 if needed. The seat was vacated when Billy Andrews resigned in March. […]

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has announced the special election to fill House District 87 will be held on November 3.

A runoff election is set for November 24 if needed.

The seat was vacated when Billy Andrews resigned in March.

The resignation, like Ramona Blackledge’s resignation in January, was due to House leadership ruling members could not collect state government pension while receiving legislative pay.

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April 14, 2020 •

Three In-Person Voting Centers for April 28 Special Election

Maryland Capitol Building - Jimmy Emerson

The Maryland Board of Elections has announced there will be three in-person voting centers for the 7th Congressional District special general election on April 28. The centers are for voters who are unable to cast their ballots by mail. One […]

The Maryland Board of Elections has announced there will be three in-person voting centers for the 7th Congressional District special general election on April 28.

The centers are for voters who are unable to cast their ballots by mail.

One voting center will be located in each local jurisdiction: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County.

The board is recommending all 7th district voters who can vote by mail do so.

Voting by mail is the safest way to vote.

However, concerns over safeguarding the voting rights of those unable to vote by mail led to the decision to open the three in-person voting centers.

The local elections boards will select the location of the in-person voting centers.

Locations will be announced no later than April 20.

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April 10, 2020 •

Georgia Secretary of State Postpones Presidential and State Primary to June 9

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Georgia State Capitol Building

Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the May 19 presidential primary election and the state’s general primary until June 9. The voter registration deadline for the June 9 election will be May 11 […]

Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the May 19 presidential primary election and the state’s general primary until June 9.

The voter registration deadline for the June 9 election will be May 11 and early voting will begin on May 18.

Further, moving the primary election to June 9 will move the primary runoff to August 11.

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April 9, 2020 •

South Carolina Legislature Unable to Agree on Spending Legislation

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South Carolina Capitol Building

On April 8, the Legislature met for a single day to approve funding legislation to ensure the state can continue operating for the next fiscal year. Despite unanimous passage in the House, debate in the Senate led to an amendment […]

On April 8, the Legislature met for a single day to approve funding legislation to ensure the state can continue operating for the next fiscal year.

Despite unanimous passage in the House, debate in the Senate led to an amendment being passed late in the afternoon after the House had adjourned.

The House and Senate also failed to come to an agreement about convening a special session later in the year after the legislative session ends on May 14.

The House will have to reconvene by the May 14 constitutional deadline or convene a special session prior to the end of the fiscal year on June 30 to avoid the state being left unable to spend money.

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April 8, 2020 •

Virginia Governor Requesting Delay of May Municipal Elections

Virginia Capitol Building - Ron Cogswell

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19. Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19.

Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 general election.

The General Assembly would need to reconvene to approve such a postponement.

The postponement may also extend current local official terms of office to facilitate the election of their successors.

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April 3, 2020 •

South Carolina Legislature Set to Meet on April 8

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South Carolina Capitol Building

The South Carolina Legislature is set to return on April 8 for a single day. The session is being called to consider a continuing resolution concerning state funding. Additionally, lawmakers will consider a resolution allowing the Legislature to adjourn sine […]

The South Carolina Legislature is set to return on April 8 for a single day.

The session is being called to consider a continuing resolution concerning state funding.

Additionally, lawmakers will consider a resolution allowing the Legislature to adjourn sine die.

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April 3, 2020 •

North Carolina Secretary of State to Allow Late Filing of First Quarter Reports

North Carolina State Legislative Building

Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall has announced a grace period to file the first quarter lobbyist and principal reports due April 22. This comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of social distancing, Penalties for failure […]

Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall has announced a grace period to file the first quarter lobbyist and principal reports due April 22.

This comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of social distancing,

Penalties for failure to timely file will not be levied if report is filed on or before July 22; is accompanied by a sworn and notarized statement that a notary could not be obtained prior to the date the report was filed; and all other reports due by July 22 are timely filed.

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April 2, 2020 •

Mississippi Postpones House District 88 Special Election

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered the special election for House District 88 set for April 21 be postponed until June 23. The seat was vacated when Ramona Blackledge resigned in January. Due to the House leadership ruling members could not […]

Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered the special election for House District 88 set for April 21 be postponed until June 23.

The seat was vacated when Ramona Blackledge resigned in January.

Due to the House leadership ruling members could not collect legislative pay while also receiving state retirement funds.

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April 2, 2020 •

West Virginia Postpones Primary until June 9

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

On April 1, Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order postponing the state’s primary election scheduled for May 12. The election is postponed until June 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order also suspends the rules and regulations regarding […]

On April 1, Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order postponing the state’s primary election scheduled for May 12.

The election is postponed until June 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order also suspends the rules and regulations regarding municipal elections allowing those elections to be rescheduled as necessary.

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April 1, 2020 •

Georgia Campaign Finance Commission Adopts COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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Georgia State Capitol Building

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission’s physical office is closed. The commission is no longer accepting paper registrations or payment of registration fees via mail. All completed lobbyist new registrations and supplemental registrations must be submitted […]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission’s physical office is closed.

The commission is no longer accepting paper registrations or payment of registration fees via mail.

All completed lobbyist new registrations and supplemental registrations must be submitted by email.

Lobbyists will then need to log into their e-file account to process the online payment for those new registrations and/or supplemental registration.

Lobbyist ID photos will be taken and badges issued once the physical office reopens.

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April 1, 2020 •

Alabama Legislature Suspends Legislative Session

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Alabama State Capitol Building

After reconvening from the scheduled spring break, the Alabama Legislature has decided to suspend the legislative session. The session is suspended as of March 31, due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon reconvening on April 28, the Legislature will […]

After reconvening from the scheduled spring break, the Alabama Legislature has decided to suspend the legislative session.

The session is suspended as of March 31, due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon reconvening on April 28, the Legislature will have until May 18 to complete any pending legislation.

Legislation includes the constitutionally mandated budget bill for the fiscal year starting on October 1.

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