The late Maryland congressman Elijah E. Cummings’s 92-year-old mother begged him, as she lay dying, to protect the fundamental right to vote above all else, he told a congressional committee last year.A major test of government’s ability to do just that amid the coronavirus pandemic will play out Tuesday as officials carry out the state’s first mostly mail-in election.There will be only one race on the ballot: the special election to decide who will complete the remaining eight months of Cummings’s term representing the 7th District, which includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.The election will also help officials work out any kinks in the process before the large-scale primary on June 2, which will include the presidential race and crowded contests for Baltimore mayor, City Council seats and congressional offices.Voters in the 7th Congressional District! There’s another way to return your ballot. Baltimore City, Baltimore County & Howard County election offices have ballot drop off boxes outside of their office open during business hours & from 7 AM – 8 PM Election Day. Just drop and go!— Maryland Elections (@md_sbe) April 27, 2020 In one of his first executive orders in response to the health

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