Monday, April 27, 2020

MD Special Elections and OH Primary April 28th

On April 28th, Maryland determine who will fill a U.S. House Seat left Vacant by a Longtime Congressman's Death and Ohio finally wraps up its long-delayed Primary Election.

In Maryland, Voters in the 7th Congressional District are deciding who will serve the rest of the Term of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who Died in October 2019. They were Mailed Ballots weeks ago and Officials are strongly urging People to Vote-by-Mail.

Former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a Democrat, and Kimberly Klacik, a Baltimore County Republican Central Committee Member, are facing off to Replace Cummings. The Winner of the Special Election will Represent a Large Portion of Baltimore, as well as parts of its Suburbs. It's a heavily Democratic District, with more than Four Democrats for each Republican.

Mfume is a Former Head of the NAACP. He held the Congressional Seat in the Majority-Black District for Five Terms from 1987 to 1996, before Cummings. Klacik has appeared on Fox News and caught President Trump’s attention with her Social Media Posts that prompted the President to describe the District as a “disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.” What is interesting, the Buildings with the Infestation is in the area where his Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner's Family Company, Owns Buildings.

Both Candidates say the Pandemic has created Challenging Conditions for a Campaign. Without Traditional Campaign Methods, both say they have been using Social Media to Reach Voters. The Winner will then run as the Incumbent in Maryland’s June 2nd Primary for a Full Term.

Ballots cast in Maryland's Elections will be Quarantined for about 24 hours after Poll Close before being Counted, to give any potential Coronavirus Germs a chance to die, in just One of the Safety Measures being taken there.

The Cancellation of Ohio's In-Person March 17th Primary Due to the Coronavirus Placed immense Pressure on a Mail-In Absentee Voting System already criticized as Cumbersome by voting Rights Groups.

The State's typical Protocol includes running at least Three Pieces of Mail: an Application, the Blank Ballot, and then the Completed Ballot, through the U.S. Postal Service. Secretary of State, Frank LaRose (R), sounded an alarm last week that Mail was moving Slower than Promised. He predicted that could mean some Ohioans don't get their Ballots on time.

Numbers released by the State's Election Chief, Frank LaRose (R), show that 1.67 million People, fewer than a Fourth of Registered Voters, had Requested an Absentee Ballot by the end of last week. LaRose said he expects to have Decisive Results to Report Tuesday night, although Votes cast on Mail-In Ballots Postmarked by Monday will continue to be Counted.

There will be In-Person Voting, on April 28th, in Three Voting Centers, that is Restricted to Disabled Voters and Homeless People. The Three are being Prepared to Comply with Social Distancing Guidelines.

But Ohio Law Guarantees that any Voter who doesn’t Receive a Ballot they Requested by the Legal Deadline has the Right to Vote In-Person, LaRose said last week. That's not something Officials had Highlighted before.

Any Glitches involving Mailed Ballots will be closely Scrutinized, as Governments decide how November's Presidential Election will be handled.

In Central Ohio, Democratic Four-Term U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, 70, faces a Challenge from the Left from Morgan Harper, 36, a Lawyer and Former Senior Policy Adviser at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Bureau's Former Director has Endorsed Beatty, while Harper was Endorsed by Justice Democrats, the Progressive Political Action Committee that helped give rise to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-14th District) of New York.

In Southwest Ohio, Two Female Democrats are vying to take on 12-term Republican Incumbent Steve Chabot of Cincinnati. Kate Schroder, a Career Health Care Advocate, and Veteran U.S. Air Force Pilot Nikki Foster have shown the Ability to Raise Money and Attract Supporters.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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