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Text "VBM" to get a link sent to your phone to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot.
Envíe un mensaje de texto con "VBM" para que se le envíe un enlace a su teléfono y solicite una boleta de votación por correo.

Text "Vote" to get a link sent to your phone to register to vote.
Envíe un mensaje de texto "Vota" para que se le envíe un enlace a su teléfono para registrarse para votar.

Text "Check" to get a link sent to your phone to lookup your voter registration.
Envíe un mensaje de texto con "Revise" para que se le envíe un enlace a su teléfono para buscar su registro de votante.

Message and data rates may apply.
Se pueden aplicar tarifas por mensajes y datos.

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Voting During the COVID-19 Health Emergency

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the 2020 Presidential General Election will offer voters the opportunity to vote-by-mail, in addition to in-person voting during early voting and Election Day. In order to ensure that you receive your ballot for this election, we are encouraging voters to make sure their voter registration information is up-to-date. To review your voter registration, use the Voter Lookup tool on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. If you need to update your registration, or would like to register, you can use the Voter Registration and Mailed-In Ballot Request tool on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. If you are eligible to vote in the 2020 Presidential General Election and would like to request a vote-by-mail ballot, you have to request a vote-by-mail ballot. Ballots WILL NOT be mailed to you automatically. You will also be provided a postage-paid envelope in which to return your ballot. Check our website and the Maryland State Board of Elections website regularly for updates, as this is still a developing situation.

Proclamation - Renewal of Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency - COVID-19 (PDF)

Proposed Precinct Consolidation for the 2020 Presidential General Election

The Howard County Board of Elections approved the consolidation of precincts for the 2020 General Election at the Monday, July 27, 2020 board meeting. Consolidation means that several precincts will vote at one designated location. Precincts and their respective polling places are listed in the document. The Howard County Board of Elections also approved four new locations for Early Voting during the 2020 General Election early voting cycle. These new early voting centers are also listed in the document. The State Board of Elections will vote on final approval of these consolidations and early voting centers on August 5, 2020 in public session. To see the consolidations and early voting centers document, click here.

2020 Presidential Election Dates

The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 Presidential General Election is Tuesday October 13, 2020.

Presidential General: 
Early Voting - Thursday October 22, 2020 through Thursday October 29, 2020
Election Day - Tuesday November 3, 2020

Presidential Primary Election Results (Official)

Vote-By-Mail Ballot Requests

If you would like to request a vote-by-mail ballot, click here.

Maryland Application for a Vote-By-Mail Ballot - 2020 Elections (PDF)

Information Regarding COVID-19

Make Sure Your Voter Registration is Up-To-Date!

Make sure your voter registration is up-to-date so that you will receive your vote-by-mail ballot application for the 2020 Presidential General Election.

Review My Voter Registration

Update My Voter Registration

Services Offered During Office Closure

Effective Wednesday March 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM, Howard County offices and facilities have been closed to the public until further notice. Therefore, we will be changing our policy regarding scheduled appointments. We will continue to serve the public by phone, email, and online. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

For the safety of the public and the employees of the Howard County Board of Elections, we will be providing voter registration, absentee ballots, and other services by phone, email, and online.

Coronavirus Updates: County Buildings Closing to Public, Police Enforcing Governor's Executive Order, RTA Reducing Service

Press Release - Media Statement on COVID-19 Preparations (PDF)

All voter outreach events have been suspended at this time.

Voter Outreach Request Form

Howard County Early Voting Centers

Ridgely's Run Community Center

Ridgely's Run Community Center
All-Purpose Room
8400 Mission Rd
Jessup, MD 20794

Miller Branch Library

Miller Branch Library
Meeting Rooms
9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Bain 50+ Center

Bain 50+ Center
Great Rooms 1 & 2
5470 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia, MD 21044

Howard County Fairgrounds

Howard County Fairgrounds
The Old Bingo Hall
2210 Fairgrounds Rd
West Friendship, MD 21794

Statewide Early Voting Centers

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. See a list of Early Voting Centers in Maryland. (PDF)

Election News & Press Releases