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Important deadlines announced for 2020 Presidential Primary Election, Special General Election for 7th Congressional District

TOWSON, MD—The 2020 Special General Election for the 7th Congressional District will coincide with the 2020 Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Voters may vote by absentee ballot, visit their local early voting center during early voting, which takes place April 16 through April 23, or they can go to their polling place on Election Day.

Important deadlines for these elections are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address or request a polling place reassignment is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

To vote in the upcoming presidential primary election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered—including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before the November 3 Presidential General Election—should register by this deadline. This is also the last day for registered voters to change their party affiliation.

To vote for the special general election contest for the 7th Congressional District, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered—including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the April 28 Special General Election—should register by the deadline. Only voters registered in the 7th Congressional District will have the opportunity to vote for the special general election contest. See if you are registered in the 7th Congressional District by clicking here.

Baltimore County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online. Voters and members of the military, their spouses, and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information.

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Baltimore County Board of Elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on April 7, and a mailed application must be postmarked by April 7. Voters who want to update their address can do so at their local early voting center during the early voting period from April 16 through April 23.

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

  • Local Boards of Elections
  • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
  • State Department of Health offices
  • Local Department of Social Services offices
  • Offices on Aging
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • Marriage license bureaus
  • Post offices
  • Public libraries
  • State Board of Elections
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail, or download and print a voter registration application.

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Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities.Verify voter registration status or find out if an assigned polling place is accessible online. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place. This request must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on April 7. The request form (PDF) is also available online. Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail.

On receipt of a timely request, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.
How to Register to Vote on Election Day

Individuals who miss the April 7 deadline to register will have the opportunity to register to vote at an early voting center during early voting or at their polling place on Election Day. To register to vote on Election Day, individuals need to go to their assigned polling place where they live and bring a document that proves where they live. This can be:

  • An MVA-issued license or ID card
  • A change of address card
  • A paycheck, bank statement or utility bill
  • Another government document that includes the voter’s name and address.

For more information, voters may contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the Maryland State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

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