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April 28 Special Election

Quick Facts 

  • 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 emailVoters 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 

More Info

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: 

Baltimore Votes has put together an excellent guide to how the April 28 election will work. Check it out: 

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: 

General information about the 7th Congressional District election on April 28, from the State Board of Elections: 

Didn’t receive a ballot? Contact the Baltimore City Board of Elections by phone at 410-396-1444 or email at   

More Voting & Registration Resources 

Not registered? Address out of date? Need an absentee ballot? You can take care of all of those things here: Not sure whether the address the state has for you is accurate? Check it here: 

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: 

Want to know who’s running for federal, state, and local elections in your district? This handy guide has all that information and more:  

If you are returning from incarceration on a felony conviction, learn whether you are eligible to vote:  

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: 

Prefer digital? You can fill out your census online, right now, at: 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:   

Want a deeper dive into the work of the Baltimore City Planning Department’s Complete Count Committee? Read the Baltimore Census 2020 Action Plan:  

Find out the census response rate for Maryland, Baltimore, or your neighborhood, and compare them with others across the city, state, and nation: The same information, organized a bit differently, can be found here: 

Questions or Ideas?