#BuildCivicPower With Us During Strong City’s Civic Engagement Week: April 6 – April 11
A Weeklong Campaign to Promote Voting and Census Participation
- Read guest blog posts from some of Baltimore’s most engaged leaders
- View the toolbox with all the resources you need about the elections and Census below
- Watch a recording of the live, online Civic Engagement Mini-Institute from 4/11
- Share your election or Census engagement story with us: on twitter @StrongCityBalt or on Facebook @StrongCityBaltimore
April 28 Special Election
- Ballots mailed on March 31 and April 13
- Voter registration deadline for this election is April 24
- Ballots must be postmarked by April 28
- Results expected to be announced on or by May 6
- Ballots cannot be forwarded, so you will only get one if your address on file is accurate
- Voters who register to vote or request an absentee ballot on or before April 21 can either receive the ballot by mail or email; Voters who register to vote or request an absentee ballot between April 22-24 will only be able to receive the ballot by email.
- No drop boxes or online voting – all ballots for the April 28 election must be returned by mail
The April 28 vote-by-mail election is only for voters in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. It is a general election to fill the remainder of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ term. Not sure whether you live in the 7th District? Find out here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
Baltimore Votes has put together an excellent guide to how the April 28 election will work. Check it out: https://www.baltimorevotes.org/election2020
Only “active voters” will automatically receive ballots in the mail for the April 28 election. Voters who have failed to respond to a confirmation notice may be considered “inactive” and need to request a ballot. Learn how to do that here: https://bit.ly/39Q4NvM
General information about the 7th Congressional District election on April 28, from the State Board of Elections: https://bit.ly/3bTG4Z0
Didn’t receive a ballot? Contact the Baltimore City Board of Elections by phone at 410-396-1444 or email at email@example.com.
More Voting & Registration Resources
Not registered? Address out of date? Need an absentee ballot? You can take care of all of those things here: https://bit.ly/1qxkgbT. Not sure whether the address the state has for you is accurate? Check it here: http://bit.ly/2JRPQQH.
The State Board of Elections has issued a comprehensive plan for the June 2 Maryland primary election. This plan must still be approved by the governor before it goes into effect. Read the plan here: https://bit.ly/39NIA1F
Want to know who’s running for federal, state, and local elections in your district? This handy guide has all that information and more: https://www.vote411.org/ballot
If you are returning from incarceration on a felony conviction, learn whether you are eligible to vote: https://campaignlegal.org/restoreyourvote
Baltimore Votes has a hotline to answer your questions about the upcoming elections. Give them a ring at 410-844-4859.
You can respond to the census online, by mail, or by phone! That last option might be the easiest for some people. The phone number for English speakers is 844-330-2020. For speakers of other languages, look here: https://bit.ly/39Pzpxo
Prefer digital? You can fill out your census online, right now, at: https://2020census.gov/. You don’t even need your 12-digit Census ID number.
Here’s a handy document that includes just about everything you might want to know about the 2020 Census, including basics, FAQs, and where to find more info: https://bit.ly/2UMfk6R
Want a deeper dive into the work of the Baltimore City Planning Department’s Complete Count Committee? Read the Baltimore Census 2020 Action Plan: https://bit.ly/2VaswSf
Find out the census response rate for Maryland, Baltimore, or your neighborhood, and compare them with others across the city, state, and nation:
https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/. The same information, organized a bit differently, can be found here: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates