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Maryland Primary Election Pushed To July 19 Over Redistricting Challenges

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Maryland's primary election was delayed Tuesday by the Court of Appeals because of petitions challenging the recent redistricting of the state.

The Maryland General Assembly in January approved new boundaries for its 188 seats, choosing a map drawn by Democrats in a hotly contested redistricting year.

The primary election was originally set for June 28.

Maryland's Court of Appeals has issued an order moving the state's 2022 gubernatorial election from June 28 to July 19.

To date, 15 candidates have filed the required paperwork to participate in the 2022 gubernatorial election, according to the State Board of Elections candidates list.

That shortlist of political contenders includes current State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

At least one gubernatorial candidate expressed concern about potential confusion created by the delay.

"This latest mess, which seems to happen on a regular basis here in Maryland, is a stark reminder that we need to reform the process by which our congressional and legislative district maps are chosen," candidate and former state delegate Rushern Baker said. "Because whichever side of the aisle you happen to be on, it's clear this isn't working for the people and does little but inspire confusion, resentment and apathy within our political system."

The Court of Appeals announced the following extension dates for candidates:

  • The deadline for filing certificates of candidacy, established pursuant to Election Law Article ("EL") § 5-303, is extended to Friday, April 15, 2022, at 9:00 p.m.;
  • The deadline for candidates to withdraw a certificate of candidacy, established pursuant to EL § 5-502(a), is extended to Monday, April 18, 2022;
  • The deadline to fill a vacancy in candidacy for a primary election, established pursuant to EL § 5-901, is extended to Wednesday, April 20, 2022;
  • The deadline to challenge a candidate's residency, established pursuant to EL § 5‑305, is extended to Thursday, April 21, 2022.
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