If you are a registered Bolton Hill voter and have not received a ballot in the mail for the April 28 special congressional election, you should act quickly to be eligible to vote.

Voters will choose a candidate who will complete the current congressional term of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who died last October.  Democrats nominated former Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Republicans chose Kim Klacik, with the winner representing the 7th Maryland Congressional District until the end of 2020. 

If you did not receive a ballot and are properly registered to vote at your current address, you may obtain an electronic ballot by contacting the Baltimore City Board of Elections at (410) 396-5550.  The board voted at the last minute to allow in-person voting on election day at one central location in the city, which at publication had not been designated.

The 7th District includes about half of Baltimore City and segments of Baltimore County and Howard County.  It has since its inception been represented by Democrats, and never by a woman.  Mfume and Klacik each won their respective party primaries in February by comfortable margins.

A successor to serve the next full term will be chosen in the fall, with party nominating primaries to be held on June 2, likely entirely by mail.  Mfume and Klacik and several other candidates in each party must compete again for the nominations, with the winner selected in the November General Election.  People who will be 18 in time for those elections and others who are not currently registered by do so online here .