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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials project the cost of handling elections this year will reach $3 million.
    
Media outlets report that much of that money is spent on personnel and transporting voting machines.
    
Officials say the job is never easy or cheap despite the fact that Delaware has only three counties.
    
Besides the general election in November, Delaware held its presidential primary in April. A statewide primary is scheduled for Sept. 13. There are other local contests as well.
    

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to help raise money for Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that Walker, who briefly ran for president, will attend a fundraiser for Gillespie next month at a private home in Northern Virginia.

Donations are expected to be as high as $25,000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former federal prosecutor with no experience in Virginia politics plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2017.

Gene Rossi, a Democrat, recently told the Washington Post that he plans to make a formal campaign announcement later this month.

Rossi worked for 27 years at the Justice Department and said if elected he would focus on sentencing reform and helping former prisoners.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is scheduled to address the National Urban League.

Kaine is slated to speak Thursday morning at the group's "Save Our Cities" summit in Baltimore.

The Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to speak at the conference. Republican Donald Trump's campaign declined an invitation to speak.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November's election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor's April executive order.

Virginia's Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former attorney general Doug Gansler says he's being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Gansler tells The Baltimore Sun  he's being asked to run "pretty much every day." Gansler says Democrats are "looking around for the most viable candidate to beat the governor."

Gansler says he isn't ruling out another run for public office. But he says he's not currently organizing a campaign.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - If Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, she'll be getting a steady, well-practiced politician.
Laine is a whip-smart Harvard Law School graduate who speaks with ease while campaigning, rarely needing a prepared text. He is the former governor of Virginia and current senator from the state.
His remarks at Virginia Tech the day after one of the worst campus shootings in modern U.S. history won wide praise.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Carney, Delaware's sole representative in the U.S. House, is officially running for governor.

Carney, who has served in Congress since 2011, filed his candidacy papers Monday, one day before the deadline.

Kevin Tinsley of Camden, a political unknown, also filed candidacy papers Monday, setting up a possible primary contest against Carney. But elections officials said Tinsley also left signed withdrawal papers and indicated that he may withdraw from the race later this week.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A special three-judge panel is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Maryland's congressional districts map.

The case being heard Tuesday was filed in June 2015 and argues that Maryland's map violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to have the maps, which were redrawn in 2011, declared unconstitutional.

The hearing in federal court in Baltimore is a result of a U.S. Supreme Court case decided late last year. The case said that certain cases can't be thrown out by a single judge but must first be heard by a three-judge panel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Republican nominee for Baltimore mayor says he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will undergo surgery next week.
 
Alan Walden announced over the weekend in an email to supporters that he will undergo surgery Tuesday. The 80-year-old former WBAL-AM anchor says he is encouraged by doctors' prognosis for a full recovery, but he will be off the campaign trail for about a month.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are trying to make it easier to sign residents up to vote.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that starting this month residents will be able to apply electronically for voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle service centers and mobile offices.

Residents have been able to apply to register to vote at DMV locations since 1996. They currently have to fill out a paper application, which is then sent to the Department of Elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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Council member LaVerne Johnson was re-elected with 216 votes in Crisfield yesterday.

But WBOC reports that the other contest on the city council was too close to call.

In that race the pastor of a local church Barbara Ward was ahead with 157 votes to Karen Lawson who had 150.

Irving Saltz trailed with 18 votes.

There are 15 provisional ballots still let to be counted this afternoon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel is scheduled to get a briefing on election-related problems concerning April's primary.

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee is set to meet Tuesday morning in Annapolis.

The panel will hear from state and local election administrators about the state's April 26 primary. They will discuss problems that arose in some jurisdictions, including Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are asking the state's highest court to block more than 200,000 convicted felons from voting in November.

GOP leaders argue in a lawsuit that they are filing in the Virginia Supreme Court on Monday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order violates the separation of powers by effectively suspending the state's ban on felons.

They say governors can restore voting rights only on a case-by-case basis.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
 
The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
 
Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling.
 

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Princess Anne apparently misstated the filing date for the upcoming municipal elections in June.

They told the media that the filing deadline was May 17 but it was actually the 9th.

Town Commission president Garland Hayward told the Salisbury Daily Times that has led town officials reject a candidate who filed on May 11th.

The contested seats are for districts 1 and 2.

The mistake follows the arrest of the at-large town commissioner Lionel Frederick who has been charged with extortion in an electoral bribery scheme.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia residents are rushing to register to vote ahead of the November election.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that nearly 35 percent more Virginia residents registered to vote in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period four years ago. That's according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman's obituary says she chose death over voting in the upcoming presidential election.

The obituary published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and on a funeral home's website reads, "Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God."

Her husband, Jim Noland, tells WWBT-TV that she died at 68 on Sunday following a long battle with lung cancer.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A precinct-level review of Baltimore's primary election has gotten underway.

The Baltimore Sun reports that workers from Baltimore and five other jurisdictions began checking documents in a west Baltimore warehouse on Monday. Officials are trying to find out how the number of votes at polls in the April 26 primary was higher than the number of people who checked in.

Maryland's State Board of Elections on Thursday ordered the city to rescind its certification of the primary results.

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For the first time in 43 years the Maryland congressional delegate could be absent any women in its ranks.

Senator Barbara Mikulski is retiring this year congressman Chris Van Hollen has won the Democratic nomination to succeed her in a heavily blue state.

Ironically, he defeated the only other woman in the delegation Representative Donna Edwards who sought the Democratic senatorial nomination.

In addition, Van Hollen will have competition from the Republican standard bearer Kathy Szeliga for the senate seat.  

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Voters in Delaware City will go to the polls today to decide whether to expand the city limits to incorporate a major residential and retail project near a former military base.

At stake is 325 acres that would include a 150-slip marina along with a restaurant and hotel.

In addition there would be nearly 500 residential units.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the annexation would allow the city to diversify it tax base and bring in more revenue.

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How are Millennials voting? Delmarva Public Radio's Timothy Young took a survey as they went to the polls in Maryland.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he won't run for governor in 2017.

Cuccinelli told The Associated Press on Saturday at a state GOP convention that he had decided not to run.

The outspoken conservative who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2013 said another gubernatorial campaign would be too taxing on his family life.

If he'd decided to run, Cuccinelli could have been a formidable challenge to other 2017 GOP gubernatorial hopefuls - former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman.

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland is expected to be heavier than normal, because the nominations for president haven't yet been determined.

Adding to voter interest, a high-profile U.S. Senate race is being decided Tuesday. There are also two strongly contested U.S. House primaries.

In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.Both candidates represent

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be making a stop at the Harrington Fairground on Friday afternoon.

According to his website the event will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be located in the Quillen Arena.

The tickets are available on the campaign website.

This comes on the heels of tonight’s appearance at the Stephen Decatur High in Worcester County beginning a 7 p.m.

Doors open at 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Eighteen months after he lost a bid for the state's highest office, Maryland's former lieutenant governor is finding that a safely Democratic seat in Congress is no easy consolation prize.

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Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m.

Early voting for Maryland's April 26 primary runs through April 21. There is at least one early voting center in each county.

Ballots should be cast at designated early voting centers in county of residence.

Voters will be choosing nominees for president and a U.S. Senate seat, as well as nominees for congressional seats. Baltimore voters will be picking a nominee for mayor.

Addresses for the early voting centers are available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early-voting.html 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill mandating that all school elections in Delaware be done by mail.

The legislation to be considered by a Senate committee Wednesday also requires that school board elections and referendums be held on the second Tuesday of May.

The legislation also limits participating in school elections to registered voters.

The bill was introduced after some lawmakers received complaints last year about a successful Red Clay school district tax referendum.

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