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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

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Date: Apr 24, 2020

Register and Request a Ballot Today

If you live in Congressional District 7 and have not registered to vote, you have until 11:59 p.m. today to register and request a ballot be sent to you electronically.

The special election for Maryland’s Congressional District 7 (CD 7) to fill the House of Representatives vacancy is a vote-by-mail election with limited in-person voting on election day. All registered voters in CD 7 received a ballot in the mail at the address in their voter registration record.

To receive a ballot electronically, residents in CD 7 who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered, including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before the April 28, 2020 Special General Election, should register. This is also the last day for registered voters who want to receive a ballot electronically to update their address.    

Residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote or change their address online. We strongly encourage voters to verify if the address in their voter registration is correct.

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

Due to the spread of COVID-19, paper voter registration applications must be sent to the local Board of Elections by mail, postmarked no later than April 24.  

Eligible voters will receive an email with information on how to get the ballot. A voter may wish to use the accessible online ballot marking tool to mark the ballot.

In-Person Voting

The 2020 Special General Election for CD 7 will be held on Tuesday, April 28. This is a vote-by-mail election with one in-person voting location in Baltimore County:

Martin’s West
6817 Dogwood Road
Windsor Mill, Maryland 21244
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More Information

For more information, voters may contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).


New Sites Make Free Testing Available Five Days A Week; Community Test Sites Offer Ease and Accessibility for Residents

A little more than a week after opening its drive-through testing site at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Baltimore County is opening two additional sites to help keep pace with the demand for testing, as well as provide access in areas with high rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Beginning next week, the Baltimore County Department of Health will operate a walk-up clinic at the Liberty Family Resource Center on Mondays, and in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, the County will operate a testing site at the Owings Mills Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The addition of these latest sites will mean COVID-19 testing will be available Monday through Friday across the County.

“As we continue responding to this pandemic, additional testing capacity is critical to keeping County residents safe and a necessary condition for opening back up,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “These two new sites give us the capacity to, as they become available, perform significantly more tests in the areas of the County that have been hardest hit by the virus.”

“Testing continues to be key in containing the spread of the virus,” said County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “Staging test clinics in communities that report a high number of confirmed cases will help us identify people who need to quarantine to protect against infecting others.”

Beginning Monday, April 27, testing will occur at the following sites on the days identified:

Patients must first get authorization from a healthcare provider to be tested. Once authorization is obtained, the person to be tested must schedule an appointment using the state-designated Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP).

Tested individuals will receive post-test instructions at the clinic and most test results will be available within two days. Persons arriving at any of these sites without an order from a healthcare provider and a pre-scheduled appointment will not be tested.

People coming for testing are asked to adhere to recommendations and safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings, observing social distancing, and following post-test instructions received at the sites.

Hotline

For questions and additional information, call the Baltimore County COVID-19 Hotline seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 410-887-3816.


 
 
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