BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is preparing for a first-of-its-kind election on Tuesday.

Voters in the 7th congressional district will be voting primarily by mail to replace the late Rep. Elijah Cummings in the House of Representatives.

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Nikki Charlson of the Maryland State Board of Elections said they prefer voters mail in their ballots but they understand not everyone will be able to do so.

“Our strong recommendation is to use the mail-in ballot since it is the best way to keep people healthy,” Charlson said.

Across the entire district, which includes parts of Baltimore and Howard counties as well as Baltimore City, there will be just three open polling places:

  • Edmondson High School, 501 North Athol Avenue, Baltimore;
  • Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Windsor Mill; and
  • The Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship.

Voters will be able to register to vote in person if they need to.

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Mail-in balloting isn’t new, but the scale of the election requires some big adjustments. Paper ballots have gone out and they need to be postmarked by Tuesday. No stamp is needed.

In the primary election, voters chose Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik to face off to fill the remainder of Cummings’ term.

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Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Click here for the latest election results.

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