Editorial: Finding a better way to fill Maryland’s state legislative vacancies

The Baltimore Sun's editorial staff writes in support of Common Cause Maryland's calls to reform the General Assembly's process for filling legislative vacancies.

This article originally appeared in the Baltimore Sun on December 5, 2023 and was written by editorial staff.  

Common Cause Maryland and others see a troubling pattern. You make friends with party insiders and your path to the State House is far easier. You get the appointment and then special interest money steered your way keeps you in the job. Other vacancies from state attorney general to comptroller to U.S. Senate seats get a special election (under a 2016 state constitutional amendment ratified by voters).

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