Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation ordering a special election to fill the 7th Congressional District vacancy created by the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD).
State law requires that a primary election be held at least 65 days after the governor’s proclamation is issued, and a general election be held at least 65 days after the primary.
Governor Hogan extended the minimum duration of the election a short period to allow more time for the State Board of Elections to prepare and to ensure those serving overseas in the military can receive and return their ballots in an adequate period of time.
This also provides additional time for candidates to file and campaign, and for voters to engage in the process.
•Certificates of candidacy may be filed beginning on October 30, 2019.
•The deadline for nomination papers to be filed is November 20, 2019, and the deadline for candidate withdrawal is November 22, 2019.
•The special primary election will occur on February 4, 2020, 76 days from the filing deadline.
•The special general election will occur on April 28, 2020— the same date as the state’s spring primary, thereby avoiding the cost and confusion of multiple and additional election days— 84 days after the special primary election.
“It is imperative for the 7th Congressional District to have a strong voice in the House of Representatives, and today we are ensuring the process to fill this historic Maryland seat moves forward in a fair and timely manner,” said Governor Hogan. “We have chosen the dates for this important special election to allow for a robust campaign. Free and fair elections are the very foundation of American democracy, and we encourage the citizens of the 7th District to take part and let their voices be heard.”
All inquiries regarding the administration of the special election should be directed to the State Board of Elections.