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January 14th is the Deadline to Register to Vote, Change Party Affiliation, Update an Address, and Request a Polling Place Reassignment

The State of Maryland has issued a proclamation declaring a special election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District to fill the House of Representatives vacancy. Important deadlines for the upcoming 2020 Special Primary Election for the 7th Congressional District are approaching.

The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request a polling place reassignment for this election is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

To vote in the upcoming 2020 Special Primary Election, Maryland residents in the 7th Congressional District who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered—including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the April 28 Special General Election—should register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation. Only voters registered as Democrat or Republican are eligible to vote in the Special Primary Election.

Baltimore County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online.

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 or party affiliation online using different identifying information. 

Paper Voter Registration Applications

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Baltimore County Board of Elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on January 14, 2020, and a mailed application must be postmarked by January 14, 2020. 

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

  • Local boards of elections
  • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
  • State Department of Health offices
  • Local Department of Social Services offices
  • Offices on Aging
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • Marriage license bureaus
  • Post offices
  • Public libraries
  • State Board of Elections
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application.

Polling Place Accessibility

Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place.

This request must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The Request for Polling Place Change or Absentee Ballot form (PDF) is available online. Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.

To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit the State of Maryland's Voter Lookup.

No Early Voting for Primary

The 2020 Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. There will be no early voting for the 2020 Special Primary Election. Voters may vote by absentee ballot or go to their polling place on the Special Primary’s election day.

Same-Day Voter Registration

If an individual misses the January 14 deadline to register, they will have the opportunity to register to vote at their polling place. To register to vote on election day, individuals need to go to their assigned polling place where they live and bring a document that proves where they live. This can be an MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document that includes the voter’s name and address.

More Information

Voters can find their Congressional District online.

Voters can find their polling place online.

For more information, voters may contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit

Olszewski Administration will also pursue public health, environmental legislation this session

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will again make the fight for school construction and education funding as the top priorities of his legislative agenda for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session. The push for education funding will be part of a robust, legislative agenda that also includes public safety initiatives, environmental efforts and measures related to public health.

“We need to secure the critical investments in our schools, our neighborhoods, and our communities that will make a difference for both this generation and the next,” Olszewski said. “Our legislative agenda this year is focused on expanding upon the progress we have already made in order to build a better Baltimore County for all with stronger, more vibrant, and more sustainable communities for years to come.”

"Baltimore County's residents want and deserve strong, safe, and growing communities — and that's exactly what this agenda is about. We're committed to working together to bring results for the people of Baltimore County,"  said Baltimore County Delegation Chair, Delegate Pat Young.

The Olszewski Administration’s 2020 legislative agenda includes:

Investing in our Schools and Classrooms
Baltimore County has funded $242 million in shovel-ready school construction projects. These projects cannot move forward without increased State investment and additional needs remain, including several Baltimore County high schools.

Building on his efforts in the 2019 session, County Executive Olszewski will continue to lead the fight for passage of the Built to Learn Act.

Investing in our Educators and Students
Baltimore County invested over $900 million in public education in FY2020, more than $35 million more than required under Maryland’s Maintenance of Effort law. This is a record investment – but we must continue to do more to ensure every student graduates ready for college or a career.

Recognizing the support Baltimore County has already put forward, County Executive Olszewski will work with legislators to enact the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission.

Enhancing Regional Public Safety Initiatives
The Baltimore County Police Department works with neighboring jurisdictions to target violent crime through the Warrant Apprehension Task Force and Regional Auto-theft Task Force. Both programs are successful but under-resourced.

Baltimore County will propose a State-funded matching grant program for inter-jurisdictional law enforcement initiatives.

Creating Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
Baltimore County had the second highest number of opioid-related deaths in Maryland in 2018. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, County Executive Olszewski convened a workgroup, which recommended the creation of a “Hub and Spoke” treatment model similar to a system used with great success in Vermont.

Baltimore County will propose a State-funded pilot program which follows this model, integrating substance abuse treatment with general healthcare and wellness services.

Protecting Those Who Serve Us
Maryland’s “move over” law currently offers insufficient protection for our first responders and work crews. More than 3,500 people have been injured and 46 people have been killed in work zone crashes across Maryland from 2014-2018 according to SHA. Virginia recently addressed this issue by passing a law to treat a move-over infraction as reckless driving, with a maximum fine of $2,500.

Baltimore County will propose that the State enact a statewide provision similar to Virginia’s, to better protect those who serve us.

Improving County Parks & Playgrounds
The State’s Community Parks and Playground Program restores existing parks and also creates new park and green space systems – but the two Maryland counties without municipalities, including Baltimore County -- are currently excluded from participation in the program.

Baltimore County will explore efforts to expand the program’s eligibility requirements so residents can better benefit from Maryland’s ongoing investment in parks and green space.

Protecting Our Waterways
Toxic chemicals can contaminate local water supplies, costing millions of dollars and taking years to clean up. The chemicals perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in firefighting foams have been linked to the contamination of water sources and cancerous diseases, and several states have sued chemical manufacturers.

Baltimore County will propose a statewide ban on the use of these chemicals in firefighting foams for training purposes.

Addressing Illegal Truck Traffic
Large trucks often travel on unauthorized roads to avoid tolls or to save time, and local communities suffer as a consequence. Technology offers an efficient mechanism to curb this practice.

Baltimore County will propose enabling State legislation to install traffic cameras that will monitor streets for unauthorized truck traffic. Violators will pay fines for straying from authorized truck routes, significantly reducing illegal truck traffic in County neighborhoods and improving quality of life for affected residents.

Revitalizing our Communities
In 2018, Maryland created a Community Development Program Fund to provide financial assistance to community development projects.

Baltimore County will ask the State to invest $5 million annually into the fund to aid jurisdictions as they help to create vibrant communities.

Ballet Hispánico, The Snow Queen and Baltimore Dances!

The "Take A Leap" Baltimore County Dance Celebration takes to the stage January 3 through February 29, 2020. The celebration, now in its seventh year, features national and regional professional performers, master classes with guest artists, and showcases of local student dance and choreography.

Featured performances at the Gordon Center include contemporary dance from NYC-based Ballet Hispánico Company, America's leading Latinx dance organization, who has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. In addition, the Gordon Center presents family favorite "The Snow Queen, " from Maryland Ballet Theatre and Baltimore Dances!, an evening celebrating the diversity of the area’s top professional dance talent.

For the seventh year running, the Gordon Center brings an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County—Ballet Hispánico in 2020—and sponsors extensive outreach activities with the company for Baltimore County Public Schools students, including master classes and a student-only performance, all free of charge.

A Celebration of Dance and Diversity in Baltimore

“As a former dancer, I’m thrilled to be a part of this celebration of the diversity of the dance community on the global, national and local stage,” said Sara Shalva, Chief Arts Officer at the Gordon Center. “For me, dance is a unique and meaningful expression of marriage between movement and music that is both powerful and vulnerable, and there’s nothing quite like the visceral experience of the live performance! It’s a pleasure to work with colleagues from Towson University, Goucher College, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools, and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Culture.”
“Take A Leap is a celebration of dance in Baltimore,” said Sonia Synkowski, who serves as president of the Maryland Dance Education Association, and executive director for The Collective Dance Company, as well as a dance resource teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools. “We are thrilled to bring both professional dancers and community dancers to the Gordon Center stage for this Baltimore dance highlight.”


The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the Baltimore region’s dance community.  Learn more about the full "Take a Leap" calendar and ticket information

The Snow Queen
Description: Were your children entranced by the animated film Frozen? The Ballet Theatre of Maryland premieres its ballet "The Snow Queen," based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the inspiration for Disney’s blockbuster.
Date and Time: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $22 in advance or $27 at the door.

Baltimore Dance Project
Description: Baltimore Dance Project infuses visual media, sound, light and technology into riveting dance performance. The company presents the creative work of co-directors Doug Hamby and Carol Hess, performer and choreographer Sandra Lacy, and guest artists.
Dates and Time: February 6, 7 and 8, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Location: UMBC Proscenium Theatre at 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21250
Tickets: Available online or at the box office one hour prior to showtime. $20 for general admission, $10 for students or seniors or $7 for UMBC students. 
Parking: Free.

Meet the Artist: Kevin Jenkins
Description: Meet guest artist-in-residence Kevin Jenkins, ask questions, hear about his artistic endeavors and watch Goucher dancers rehearse his work for the upcoming Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert. This event is free and open to the public.
Date and Time: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Location: Goucher College Todd Dance Studio at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204

Baltimore Dances!
Description: From West African to contemporary ballet, the artists and dance companies selected to perform in this professional dance showcase represent the best and brightest of the local dance community.
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $22 in advance or $27 at the door.

Ballet Hispánico
Description: Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latinx dance organization in the United States, brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through dance. Dancers from Towson University Community Dance will open the show.
Date and Time: Saturday. February 22, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $32 in advance or $37 at the door.

Meet the Artist and Open Rehearsal: Gail Corbin
Description: Watch rehearsal of an original work to be performed during the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert and participate in a Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
Date and Time: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Location: Goucher College Todd Dance Studio at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204

Next Generation of Dancers and Choreographers

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration also includes showcases of local up and coming student dancers and choreographers.
Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase
Date and Time: Friday, January 3 2020 at 7 p.m. (Snow date: January 6)
Location: Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 5 and under are free.
Baltimore County Public Schools Student Choreography Showcase
Date and Time: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Location: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts at 8100 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the door, cash or check only. $5 for adults; $3 for student and seniors.

3rd Annual Dance Your Heart Out Charity Concert
Description: Hosted by The Moving Company Dance Center. Dancers from The Moving Company Ensembles, Hereford High School Dance Company, Dulaney High School Dance Company and Sudbrook Middle Magnet Dancers perform to benefit the One Love Foundation.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Location: Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120
Tickets: Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 8, and children under 3 are free.
Maryland Dance Alliance
Description: The Maryland Dance Education Association presents an engaging program of high school aged students and community dancers from throughout the state.
Date and Time: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Snow date: March 3)
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $10 general admission tickets will be available at the door.

Revised September 11, 2017