In-Person Voting Sites Announced for 7th District Special Election

    Election officials in the 7th congressional district have chosen three voting sites where residents can cast ballots in person for the April 28 special election.

    The winner of that contest will fill the seat vacated when U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D) died in October.

    However, to limit social interaction as the efforts to stop the spread of coronvirus continue, the special election is being held largely by mail.

    All voters in the 7th District will receive a ballot and a postage-paid envelope in the mail.  No stamp is needed to return the ballot.

    Although voters are being strongly encouraged to vote by mail, those who can’t, or who opt not to vote by mail, may cast a ballot in person at the designated site in the jurisdiction where they live.

    Baltimore City voters may vote at Edmondson High School, located at 501 N. Athol Avenue.

    Baltimore County voters may vote at Martin’s West, the catering hall located at 6817 Dogwood Road in Windsor Mill.

    Howard County voters may vote at the Howard County Fairgrounds, located at 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship.

    In-person voting must be done at the designated location in the county or city where the voter resides.

    In-person voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 28.

    And there is no early voting for the April 28 special election.

    The race to succeed Cummings pits former Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D) against Kimberly Klacik (R). The winner will serve until January. In a heavily Democratic district, Mfume, who held the seat from 1987 to 1996, is the strong favorite.

    Republican and Democratic voters in the 7th District will go to the polls again on June 2 to select candidates to run in November. The winner of that contest begins a two-year term in January.

    “I want to thank election officials in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County for moving swiftly to identify these locations,” said Linda H. Lamone, Administrator of State Elections.

    “These centers are being made available on April 28th for voters who are unable to vote by mail. We strongly encourage all other voters to vote safely and conveniently by mail.”

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    Bruce DePuyt
    Bruce DePuyt spent nearly three decades on local television, including 14 years as executive producer and host of News Talk on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area. He has served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of 21 This Week in Montgomery County and as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA. He's a regular contributor to WTOP (103.5 FM) and frequently moderates community and political events.