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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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SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in Maryland, a day ahead of the start of early voting for the state's primary.
 
The Republican candidate will host a town hall Wednesday afternoon at historic Savage Mill in Howard County.
 
Early voting in Maryland runs from Thursday through April 21.
 
Maryland will hold its primary April 26, along with Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

 

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The residents of Pocomoke City could be going to the polls once again.

After a voting machine discrepancy this week the local Board of Elections is recommending a revote by those whose ballots were counted by the machine.

Write in votes would not change.

This leaves 132 voters with the option of an absentee ballot or casting their ballots at a polling place on a specific day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the problem arose when the count for each candidate was not equal to the total number of votes cast.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A conservative group is taking its fight against a Delaware campaign finance law to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Delaware Strong Families filed a petition last week asking the court to hear the case.

The group is challenging a 2012 law regarding third-party entities working independently of political candidates to influence elections.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has dropped out of the crowded race for Delaware's lone congressional seat, citing fundraising problems.

The Highland Woods Democrat released a statement Monday saying he couldn't keep up with the fundraising demands to replace U.S. Congressman John Carney, a Democrat running for governor, ahead of September's primary.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state senators are pushing to keep secret any communications they had with outside consultants as part of an ongoing legal battle over redistricting.
 
The Daily Press reports that a bipartisan group of senators want the Virginia Supreme Court to rule on whether lawmakers have to disclose communications with consultants.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is signaling it probably will reject a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
 
The court's liberal justices sounded skeptical Monday about a challenge brought by Republican members of Congress who want the Supreme Court to reinstate a districting map that had been tossed out by a lower court.
 
The lower court said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
 
A 4-4 tie would uphold the lower court ruling.
 
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan still isn't saying whether he would support Donald Trump, if the billionaire wins the GOP presidential nomination.

Hogan told The Associated Press on Thursday evening after catching a beer at an Irish pub during St. Patrick's Day festivities that "probably" out of the remaining Republicans in the race he likes Ohio Gov. John Kasich the best.

Hogan initially endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race last month and endorsed Trump.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The six Democrats vying for their party's nomination to fill Delaware's vacant lieutenant governor's seat are introducing themselves to votes and outlining their platforms.

The candidates gathered Thursday evening for a forum at Delaware State University, mostly sticking to their talking points while answering questions about how they see the role of lieutenant governor and what they would do in office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen is sponsoring a measure to put a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman at the U.S. Capitol.

The Maryland Democrat is making the announcement Thursday on Harriet Tubman Day, the anniversary of her death in 1913.

In 2012, Maryland lawmakers formed a panel to find an artist and pay for a statue to donate. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on legislation regarding contributions to and from political parties.

The bill to be considered Thursday raises the maximum allowable contribution from a political party to a candidate for state House from $3,000 to $5,000, equal to the maximum for Senate candidates. It also raises the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a political party in an election cycle from $20,000 to $30,000.

The bill also establishes quarterly campaign finance reporting periods, similar to federal reporting requirements. 

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory in the Virginia presidential primary yesterday.

Trump edged out his rivals with 34% of the vote to Senator Marco Rubio who came in with 31%.

Senator Ted Cruz picked up 16%.

On the Democratic side Clinton won an overwhelming victory with 63% of the vote to Senator Bernie Sanders who received 35%.

Elections officials said that turnout in Virginia's Republican presidential primary was substantially higher than it was in 2008, the last primary in which no incumbents were running.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Democratic congressman and former head of the NAACP Kweisi Mfume has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, her campaign says.

The Clinton campaign announced Mfume's endorsement in a news release on Monday.

Mfume says Clinton has a track record of working for everyday people, especially on issues important to the African American and Latino communities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for the Democratic Party of Virginia are headed to federal court to argue that the state's voter ID law is unconstitutional.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday morning. It's expected to last at least a week.

Democrats filed the lawsuit last year challenging the 2013 law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. They claim the law illegally depresses minority voting.

Republicans who championed the law say it's a common-sense protection against election fraud.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland residents challenging their state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts are adding more plaintiffs to their case.

A motion submitted in the case Tuesday adds six new plaintiffs to the original three. The case was initially thrown out, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December that was premature.

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