H.R. 3902 (112th): District of Columbia Special Election Reform Act

Feb 06, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 112-145.
Eleanor Norton
Delegate for District of Columbia At Large
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Last Updated
Jul 14, 2012
2 pages

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on July 18, 2012.

Introduced Feb 06, 2012
Referred to Committee Feb 06, 2012
Reported by Committee Feb 07, 2012
Passed House Feb 29, 2012
Passed Senate Jul 12, 2012
Signed by the President Jul 18, 2012
Full Title

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


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7/18/2012--Public Law.
District of Columbia Special Election Reform Act - Amends the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to require the Board of Elections and Ethics, in filling the following vacancies, to hold a special election in the District on the first Tuesday occurring between 70 and 174 days (currently, the first Tuesday occurring more than 114 days) after the vacancy occurs which the Board determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the greatest level of voter participation.
Eliminates the specific alternative of a special election on the same day as the next general election (without eliminating the option of a special election on the same day as the next general election).
Applies this revised special election requirement to: (1) the Office of the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, (2) a Council member elected from a ward or elected at large, (3) the Office of the Mayor of the District, and (4) the Office of the Attorney General of the District.

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