Maryland Governor Hogan has postponed Maryland's Primary Election from April 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020, five weeks later. The Special General Election for the 7th Congressional District has NOT been postponed, but will take place by mail.
The Special General Election is only for the 7th District to finish out the rest of the former Elijah Cumming's term. However, due to the gerrymandering of congressional districts in Maryland, the 7th District includes parts of Howard County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore city. The three candidates are listed on the Maryland BOE site. This is the first time that the state is attempting a completely mail-in ballot, which is different than absentee voting.
You may want to read the online Baltimore Sun article for more details. We also urge you to access the numerous free resources on our website and on the other websites that we support, the LWVMD, the LWVNCA, and the LWVUS.
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DISTRICT 7 SPECIAL ELECTION - April 28, 2020 - BY MAIL
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Special Congressional District 7 Election Information
On October 28, 2019, Governor Hogan issued a proclamation authorizing elections to fill the vacancy created by Congressman Elijah Cummings’ death. Maryland’s 7th Congressional District includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County. If you are not a resident of Congressional District 7 AND a registered Democrat or Republican, you will NOT be eligible to vote in the February 4th Special Election Primary. You can go to vote411.org, enter your street address and zip code to verify that you are in the 7th Congressional District, registered, and identify your polling place. NOTE: Beginning with these 2020 elections, same-day registration - including political party affiliation changes - is now available on all Primary and General Election Days. Address changes, however, will ONLY be accepted on Early Voting Days.
The League of Women Voters of Maryland Voters' Guide to the special election for the 7th Congressional Representative will be available on January 20th in libraries, senior centers, senior retirement communities and County offices within the 7th Congressional district. The Guide contains candidates’ responses to a series of questions about national issues.
There will be both a special primary election and a special general election to fill the remainder of 7th District Congressman Cummings’ term of office through January 3, 2021:
- February 4, 2020 - Special primary election for all eligible Democrat and Republican voters in the 7th Congressional District. There will be NO early voting days. Only sites designated as official polling sites for the 7th Congressional District will be open for voting on February 4 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- April 28, 2020 - Special general election by mail for all eligible voters in the 7th Congressional District.
The 7th Congressional District Special Election Process to Fill the Remainder of Congressman Cumming’s Term:
Official Democrat and Republican candidates running to fill the remainder of Congressman Cummings’ term (through January 3, 2021) will appear on the ballot for the special primary election on February 4, 2020.
The Democrat and Republican winners from the special primary election, as well any candidates who have filed from another political party or as unaffiliated, will appear on the ballot for the special general election on April 28, 2020 that shares this date and scheduled Early Voting Days with the 2020 primary election.
The winner of the special general election on April 28, 2020, will serve as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the remainder of Congressman Cummings’ term - until January 3, 2021.
The 7th Congressional District Election Process for a Full Term in Congress (2021-2023)
The election for a full-term presentative for the 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives will be conducted as part of the regularly scheduled 2020 primary election. Note: The winner of the 7th Congressional seat in the 2020 general election on November 3, 2020, will serve a full, two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. This term of office will begin on January 3, 2021 and end on January 3, 2023.
Official Democrat and Republican candidates running for a full term representing the 7th Congressional District will appear on the ballot for the 2020 presidential primary election on April 28, 2020. These candidates may not necessarily be the same as those candidates who ran in the special primary election, or who are running in the special general election to fill the remainder of Congressman Cumming’s term.
The Democrat and Republican winners from the 2020 presidential primary election, as well as any candidates who have filed from another political party or as unaffiliated, will appear on the ballot for the 7th Congressional District seat in the 2020 presidential general election on November 3, 2020, and on Early Voting Days from October 22-29.