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    COVID-19 and the Upcoming Elections


    The schedules for Maryland’s spring elections have been changed due to the ongoing pandemic. For ongoing information about both elections, please see the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

    Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. It's a good way to vote if you prefer not to go to an early voting center or to your polling place. Information on absentee ballots is given below. For additional  facts on this process, please see the Q&A section on absentee ballots on the Board of Elections’ website. 

     Special General Election, Congressional District 7

    Election day:  Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

    This election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Elijah Cummings will be a mail-in election only. Absentee ballots will be sent to all 7th district voters who are eligible to vote in this election. Ballots are expected to be mailed out beginning in late March.

    When completing the absentee ballot from the state, please be sure sign the oath, which will be on the envelope. Depending on when they are received, ballots without signatures may not be able to be counted. 

    Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020.


    Deadlines for Voter Registration:

    By Mail:            Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    In-Person:         Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Online:             Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

    Presidential Primary Election

    Election Day:   Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Early Voting:  Thursday, May 21 through Thursday, May 28, 2020

    The primary election has been delayed. It is still planned as an in-person election, but mail-in ballots (absentee ballots) are also allowed. Additional details are expected on April 3, read the Governor's proclamation here. LWVMD and other groups submitted recommendations to the Governor in a letter on March 18th, which you can read here.


    Deadlines for Voter Registration:

    By Mail:            Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    In-Person:         Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (plus same-day registration at the polls on June 2)

    Online:              Tuesday, May 12, 2020


    Deadlines for Mail-in Voting (Absentee Ballots):

    Requests by mail for absentee ballots:   May 26, 2020

    Electronic requests for absentee ballots: May 29, 2020

    Return postmark on voted ballots:          June 2, 2020


    More on Absentee Ballots

    Absentee ballots may be requested as follows:

    • Request one online (requires Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card).
    • Download and print an application if you do not have one of the above IDs. 
    • Go to your local Board of Elections if you don’t have a cell phone or computer access (when it is again safe to do so).

    After you receive your absentee ballot:

    • Read the directions carefully.
    • Complete your ballot and place it in the return envelope.
    • Sign the oath on the envelope.
    • Depending on when they are received, ballots without signatures may not be able to be counted.
    • Return your ballot.

    Options for returning your absentee ballot:

    • Mail your voted ballot to the address that comes with it. Ballots must be postmarked by June 2.
    • Deliver your voted ballot by hand to your local Board of Elections by 8 pm on Election Day.
    • Take your voted ballot to an early voting center or to the polls by the time the polls close on Election Day.

    VOTE411 - Information on the Candidates and Issues

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    LWV of Maryland Provides Online Voter Education Tool VOTE411



    ANNAPOLIS – Ahead of primaries and the special election in Congressional District 7, the League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) offers the nonpartisan online election resource This “one-stop shop” for election information provides simple, easy tools to help Maryland voters navigate the voting process. VOTE411 provides candidate information, a voter registration tool, polling place information, and other helpful election information which voters can access from home during this time of social distancing.

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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, DC

    Our Day On Capitol Hill

    • Visit our US Senators’ and Representatives’ offices
    • Enjoy lunch together in staff dining facility
    • Take part in advocating a LWVUS topic* (voluntary)
    • Have fun!

    *Participants will be briefed by email about the LWVUS topic for advocacy, participating voluntarily.

    • Meet at Taxi/Massachusetts Ave. exit inside Union Station, Washington DC, 10 am.
    • Arrive at Union Station by Amtrak, MARC, Metro, bus or auto. If driving one can park in Union Station’s public parking (assuming space is available.)

    This is a FREE LWV Member's Only Event - to Learn About Joining Click Here.

    To reserve your spot (or ask questions), email Jackie Coolidge:, subject “LWVMD Day on Capitol Hill” by April 30, including following info: 

    Name(s) | Cell phone # |Email |Street Address (not PO Box)

    ***Street address and cell phone required***

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