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Special Congressional District 7 Election Information

State law requires that the Governor schedule a special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives. On October 28, 2019, the Governor issued a proclamation for the elections to fill the vacancy created by Congressman Elijah Cummings’ death.

There will be a special primary election and a special general election to fill the remainder of Congressman Cummings’ term of office. The dates of the special election:

  • February 4, 2020 - Special primary election for eligible voters in the 7th Congressional District
  • April 28, 2020 - Special general election for voters in the 7th Congressional District - All vote by mail

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the special general election for the 7th Congressional District will be conducted by mail. This means that all voters in the 7th Congressional District will receive a ballot for this election and can return the voted ballot by mail.

If you live in the 7th Congressional District, look for a ballot in the mail in early April 2020. You can vote your ballot, sign the oath, and return your voted ballot by mail. You will not need a stamp to return your ballot - the envelope will already have postage on it. Make sure your ballot is postmarked on or before April 28, 2020.

If you already asked for an absentee ballot for this election, you may have already received it already. If you have, please follow the instructions you received, vote your ballot, and make sure your ballot is postmarked on or before April 28, 2020. If you have not received it yet, it will be coming soon.

If you would prefer to receive this ballot electronically, please call or email your local board of elections and ask that your ballot for the special general election for the 7th Congressional District be sent electronically. When the ballots are ready, we will send you an email with a link to your ballot. You must print your ballot and mail or return it to your local election office. If you do not see an email from the State Board of Elections, check your spam folder.

Based on actions taken at the March 25, 2020, meeting of the State Board of Elections, there will be no in person voting for this election.

Election Results

Official 7th Congressional District Special Primary Election Results

Election Data Files for the 7th Congressional District Special Primary Election

Information about the 7th Congressional District

The 7th Congressional District includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County. There are approximately 510,000 registered voters in the 7th Congressional District. Almost half of the voters in the 7th Congressional District live in Baltimore City (214,000 voters). Approximately 142,000 voters in this district live in Baltimore County, and approximately 127,000 live in Howard County.

Voter registration and other data related to the special election for the 7th Congressional District is available in our Press Room.

Candidate Information

The list of filed candidates

Candidate for Rest of Congressman Cummings’ Term

If you want to be a candidate to fill the remainder of Congressman Cummings’ term (through January 3, 2021), you must have filed:

  • By 5 pm on November 20, 2019 if you want to run as a Democrat or Republican. Your name will appear on the ballot for the special primary election on February 4, 2020.
  • By 5 pm on February 4, 2020 if you want to run in another political party or as an unaffiliated candidate. Your name will appear on the ballot for the special general election on April 28, 2020.

If your name was on the ballot for the special primary election on February 4, 2020 and you won your election, your name will appear on the ballot for the special general election on April 28, 2020.

If your name is on the ballot for the special general election on April 28, 2020 and you win, you will serve as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the rest of Congressman Cummings’ term. Your term of office will end on January 3, 2021.

Candidate for Full Term (2021-2023)

If you want to be a candidate for a full term in the U.S. House of Representatives (January 3, 2021 - January 3, 2023), you must file:

  • By 9 pm on January 24, 2020 if you want to run as a Democrat or Republican. Your name will appear on the ballot for the presidential primary election on April 28, 2020.
  • By 5 pm on August 3, 2020 if you want to run in another political party or as an unaffiliated candidate. Your name will appear on the ballot for the presidential general election on November 3, 2020.

If your name is on the ballot for the presidential primary election on April 28, 2020 and you win your election, your name will appear on the ballot for the presidential general election on November 3, 2020.

If your name is on the ballot for the presidential general election on November 3, 2020 and you win, you will serve a full, two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Your term of office will begin on January 3, 2021 and end on January 3, 2023.

Polling Places

This is a vote by mail election. This means that voters in the 7th Congressional District will receive a ballot and may vote and return it by mail.

2020 Special Primary Election Proofing Ballots

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