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. Mail-in 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 mail-in 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

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.

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