Maryland Primary Elections Moved to June 2nd, Special Election Moved to Mail-In System

| March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation to postpone the April 28th primary and move it to June 2nd. A special election to replace the late Congressman Elijah Cummings in Maryland’s 7th congressional district on April 28th will move to a mail-in voting system.

Governor Hogan said hosting a primary election “would put Marylanders at risk, especially the poll workers and election judges, most of whom are retirees and in the most vulnerable population.”

The 2020 primary election in Baltimore City includes positions such as Mayor, City Council President and Members, Comptroller, and United States House of Representatives.

The 7th congressional district includes Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods including Pigtown, Hollins Market, and Union Square, along with additional sections of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County. Governor Hogan said in keeping the special election date that “it is imperative that Maryland has a full delegation.” Kimbery Klacik is the Republican candidate and Kwase Mfume is the Democrat candidate after wining primaries on February 4th.

The special election 7th district winner will have a short term in office until January 3, 2021. Both Klacik and Mfume will compete in a primary election for the full two-year term on June 2nd.

3rd District Congressman John Sarbanes and 2nd District Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger also represent sections of South Baltimore. Both are running for re-election and will be on the ballot on June 2nd.

Maryland now has 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is a total of 130 confirmed cases in the Washington, DC region.

Yesterday, Governor Hogan issued an executive order stating that all bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms were to close. Drive-thru, carryout, and food delivery services can continue operations.

Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities closed on Sunday.

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