(WB) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the state’s April 28 primary will now take place on June 2.
Hogan, however, said the special election to fill the late-U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District will take place on April 28 as scheduled by mail.
“I have two main priorities,” Hogan at a press conference in Annapolis. “Keeping Marylanders safe and protecting their constitutional right to vote.”
The governor announced the Maryland State Board of Elections must develop a plan by April 3 to conduct the primary in a way to address coronavirus concerns and prevent further spread of the disease. Hogan also stated mail-in ballots for the entire state could not be ready by April 28, but they could be mailed out later this month in time for the special election to fill Cummings’ seat.
Kweisi Mfume, a former Democratic congressman and former NAACP president, is competing against Republican Kimberly Klacik to serve out the rest of Cummings’ term that ends in January 2021.
In the Baltimore mayoral race, state Sen. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City), the state’s first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to the Maryland Senate, has suspended her campaign to focus on statewide efforts to combat the coronavirus spread.
The Maryland Department of Health currently reports 57 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state with 24 reported cases in Montgomery County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently reports 4,226 reported cases in the U.S. with 75 confirmed deaths. The World Health Organization says there have been roughly 168,000 confirmed coronavirus cases around the world with more than 6,600 deaths.