H. R. 6503

To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to permit the District of Columbia to establish the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia.

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117 HR 6503 IH: District of Columbia Special Elections Home Rule Act

U.S. House of Representatives

2022-01-25

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117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6503

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 25, 2022

Ms. Norton

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on Oversight and Reform

A BILL

To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to permit the District of Columbia to establish the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the

District of Columbia Special Elections Home Rule Act

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2.

Timing of special elections for local office in District of Columbia

(a)

Council

(1)

Chair

The first sentence of section 401(b)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (sec. 1–204.01(b)(3), D.C. Official Code) is amended to read as follows:

To fill a vacancy in the Office of Chairman, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District in accordance with such procedures, including procedures establishing the time of the election, as may be established by law of the District of Columbia.

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(2)

Members elected from wards

The first sentence of section 401(d)(1) of such Act (sec. 1–204.01(d)(1), D.C. Official Code) is amended to read as follows:

In the event of a vacancy in the Council of a member elected from a ward, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District in accordance with such procedures, including procedures establishing the time of the election, as may be established by law of the District of Columbia.

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(3)

Members elected at-large

The second sentence of section 401(d)(2) of such Act (sec. 1–204.01(d)(2)) is amended by striking

and such special election

and all that follows and inserting the following:

and such special election shall be held in accordance with such procedures, including procedures establishing the time of the election, as may be established by law of the District of Columbia.

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(b)

Mayor

The first sentence of section 421(c)(2) of such Act (sec. 1–204.21(c)(2), D.C. Official Code) is amended to read as follows:

To fill a vacancy in the Office of Mayor, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District in accordance with such procedures, including procedures establishing the time of the election, as may be established by law of the District of Columbia.

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(c)

Attorney General

The first sentence of section 435(b)(1) of such Act (sec. 1–204.35(b)(1), D.C. Official Code) is amended by striking

the Board of Elections

and all that follows and inserting the following:

the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District in accordance with such procedures, including procedures establishing the time of the election, as may be established by law of the District of Columbia.

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3.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring after the expiration of the one-year period which begins on the date of the enactment of this Act.