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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 are:

  • 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

The special general election will be combined with the 2020 Presidential Primary Election. A calendar of deadlines required by State law and regulations is available here.

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.

More voter registration data and polling place information will be provided soon.

Candidate Information

If you are interested in being a candidate for the 7th Congressional District, you may file now. The list of filed candidates is updated regularly.

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 file:

  • 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 is on the ballot for the special primary election on February 4, 2020 and you win 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

Special Election Polling Place List (PDF)

2020 Special Primary Election Proofing Ballots New

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