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Today is the deadline to register to vote in Maryland’s special congressional election

Sam McAfee, warehouse supervisor, tapes a torn ballot as the Baltimore City Board of Elections starts counting mail-in ballots for the special general election for the 7th Congressional District.
Sam McAfee, warehouse supervisor, tapes a torn ballot as the Baltimore City Board of Elections starts counting mail-in ballots for the special general election for the 7th Congressional District.(Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

Voters in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District have until the end of the day Friday to registered to vote and still participate in the special general election Tuesday.

Most voters across the 7th District, which includes parts of Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City, received their ballot earlier this month for the race which will determine who fills the remaining term of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik are on the ballot.

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Voters that live in the district but have not yet registered can still register until 11:59 p.m. today and request a ballot to be delivered online. The window to have a ballot mailed to your address has closed. Today is also the last day for registered voters who want to receive a ballot electronically to update their address online.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Tuesday’s election to be held primarily by mail. Once a voter has a ballot, it can be returned via the mail using a postage paid envelope included in the ballot packet or at drop boxes currently available outside local elections offices in Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.

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Additional drop boxes will be available on Election Day at three voting centers, which will offer in-person voting on Tuesday on a limited basis for those who were not able to get their ballots via mail or electronically as well as those unable to vote by mail. The voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The three voting centers will be at the following locations:

For Baltimore City voters:

— Edmondson High School, 501 N. Athol Ave., Baltimore

For Baltimore County voters:

— Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Windsor Mill

For Howard County voters:

— Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship

Ballots placed in drop boxes at the voting centers must be delivered by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots returned via mail must be postmarked by Tuesday. Voters must sign their ballots or they will not be counted.

Residents with a Maryland driver’s license or state-issued identification may register to vote or change their address online at voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration.

Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or state-issued identification may also register or change their address online using different identifying information.

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