Voting During the COVID-19 Health Emergency

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the 2020 Congressional District 7 Special General Election will be a vote-by-mail election. In order to ensure that you receive your ballot for this election, we are encouraging voters to make sure the 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, use the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request tool on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. If you are eligible to vote in the 2020 Congressional District 7 Special General Election, you DO NOT have to request an absentee ballot, as one will 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)

Public Logic & Accuracy (L&A) Test

The Howard County Board of Elections will conduct a Public Logic & Accuracy (L&A) Test on Thursday April 16, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Public L&A will be online only. Details on how to view the Public L&A will be provided when they become available. Monitor this page for further information.

Absentee Ballot Requests

 NEW!  If you would like to request an absentee ballot, click here.

Maryland Application for an Absentee 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 for the Congressional District 7 Special 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)

Congressional District 7 Special Election

Special Election Primary Election Results:

Congressional District 7 by County (Official Results)
Data Files for the Congressional District 7 Special Primary Election (Official Results)

Special Election General:
Election Day - Tuesday April 28, 2020

 NEW!  At this time, due to concerns about the health and safety of the voters, election judges, and general public, the 2020 Special General Election for Congressional District 7 is scheduled to be conducted with mail-in ballots for those qualified to vote in that election.

With regards to the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, the election has been postponed until Tuesday June 2, 2020. Additional details will be made available as soon as we receive information about the election. If you would like more information, you are encouraged to contact the State Board of Elections at 410-269-2840.

 NEW!  Board of Education Ballot Q&A (revised) - PDF

Governor's Proclamation - 7th Congressional District Special Election

Press release from State Board of Elections regarding Governor's Proclamation

Special Congressional District 7 Election Information (Maryland Board of Elections website)

2020 Presidential Election Dates

Presidential Primary: 
Early Voting - Thursday May 21, 2020 through Thursday May 28, 2020 (tentative)
Election Day - Tuesday June 2, 2020

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

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

The Bain Center

The Bain 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

 NEW!  Maryland State Board of Elections Statement on April 2020 Elections - March 17, 2020 (PDF)

Maryland State Board of Elections - Media Statement on COVID-19 Preparations (PDF)

Governor's Proclamation - 7th Congressional District Special Election

Press release from State Board of Elections regarding Governor's Proclamation

For an overview of how we protect or election systems and data, click the link below:
Election Security

60 Minutes: When Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure

For information on voter turnout and election results, please click the link below:
Recent Releases and Statistics (State Board of Elections Press Room)

The Board of State Canvassers met in Annapolis on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 to certify the results of the 2018 General Election for State level candidates. The SBE website now reflects that the results are Official.

Click here for Official Statewide 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Returns.

Click here for Official 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Returns for Howard County.

Click here for Official 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Returns for Howard County by Precinct and Councilmanic District.

Registration Information

Click here to go to the Online Voter Registration system.

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