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(March 17, 2020) - Governor Hogan announced that the 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be postponed until Tuesday, June 2nd and the 7th Congressional District Special Election will be vote by mail only.
Here's what you need to know about the 2020 Presidential Primary Election:
1. What is the new date for Maryland’s primary election?
Maryland’s primary election will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Early voting will be conducted from May 21st through May 28th.
2. Why is Maryland moving its primary election to June 2, 2020?
Maryland has declared a State of Emergency related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and has placed restrictions on public gatherings of 50 or more people in the state. On March 17, Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation requiring the presidential primary election to be held on June 2, 2020. Delaying the primary election provides the State additional time to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows SBE to work with local boards of elections and election workers to implement public health safeguards for the primary election.
3. Will the same polling centers be available on June 2, 2020?
SBE is consulting with local boards of elections to confirm the availability of existing voting locations for the primary election. If polling places change, election officials will notify affected voters.
4. Will senior centers continue to serve as polling places?
SBE and local boards will continue to follow the guidance of federal and state health officials when determining where voters will vote. If polling places change, election officials will notify affected voters.
5. Can eligible voters still vote by mail in the delayed primary election?
Yes. Voters who prefer to vote from home can request an absentee ballot. Voters who wish to vote this way can submit a request online by visiting https://www.elections.maryland.gov and clicking the “Request a Ballot” box or obtaining a request form from elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html
6. What are the new deadlines by which absentee ballots must be submitted for the primary election?
The new deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election is May 26, 2020 if the voter wants to receive the ballot by mail, or May 29, 2020 if the voter wants to receive the ballot electronically. Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
7. What is SBE’s guidance to election workers over the age of 60?
SBE strongly encourages all Marylanders over the age of 60 to follow public health guidance published by the State of Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control. Guidance can be found at www.coronavirus.maryland.gov.
8. What steps is SBE taking to safeguard public health at polling centers?
SBE will prepare and submit to the Governor a Comprehensive Plan for the conduct of the presidential primary election by April 3, 2020 in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health. The plan will include measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on primary election day and to help safeguard voters and election workers. SBE will coordinate with local boards of elections and election workers to implement these measures in advance of the election.
Here's what you need to know about the 7th Congressional District Special General Election:
1. Where is Maryland’s 7th Congressional District?
Maryland’s 7th Congressional District covers portions of the City of Baltimore, Baltimore County, and Howard County, respectively. The special election is being held to fill the remainder of the term of the 116th Congress due to the passing of Representative Elijah Cummings in October 2019.
2. What is the date for the special general election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District?
This date remains unchanged: Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The only change is that all ballots will be cast by mail.
3. How will 7th district voters get their mail-in ballots?
SBE will mail absentee ballots to all 7th district voters who are eligible to vote in the special general election.
4. When will absentee ballots be sent?
Ballots will be sent starting later this month.
5. What is the deadline by which voters must mail in their ballots?
Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020.
Election Dates to Know
7th Congressional District Special General Election
* Tuesday, April 28, 2020
* MAIL-IN BALLOTS ONLY - Ballots need to be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020
Early Voting Period for Maryland Primary
* Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Thursday, May 28, 2020
* Polls open 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Maryland Primary Day
* Tuesday, June 2, 2020
* Polls open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM