News Release, Maryland State Board of Elections

Annapolis, Maryland (January 21, 2020) – Friday, January 24, 2020, at 9:00 pm is the deadline for an individual to file as a candidate for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Primary Election.  Under state law, an individual must file a Certificate of Candidacy by 9:00 pm ninety-five (95) days before the primary election.  The filing location depends on the office sought.  

All federal and state candidates file a Certificate of Candidacy at the State Board of Elections (SBE), located at 151 West Street, Annapolis, MD.  Local candidates file at the local board of elections.  In addition to filing at SBE, candidates for Delegate to the National Convention may file a Certificate of Candidacy at the Charles, Frederick, and Wicomico Boards of Elections.  

Besides filing the Certificate of Candidacy, all candidates must pay a filing fee at the appropriate board of elections.  State and local candidates must also provide evidence that the candidate has filed a financial disclosure statement and established a candidate committee at SBE. Candidates for Delegate to the National Convention are not required to establish a candidate committee and there is no filing fee.

Candidates that filed a Certificate of Candidacy prior to January 1, 2020, must file a new financial disclosure statement with the ethics board where they filed their previous financial disclosure. The new disclosure must be filed no later than January 27, 2020.  Failure to meet any of the requirements prior to the deadlines will invalidate the Certificate of Candidacy and remove the individual from the ballot.

The 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, and the 2020 Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  Additional election-related dates and forms are available at  For more information, contact a local board of elections or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or

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