Presidential Primary: Election Day - Tuesday June 2, 2020
Presidential General: Early Voting - Thursday October 22, 2020 through Thursday October 29, 2020Election Day - Tuesday November 3, 2020
The following locations will be utilized as Vote Centers in Howard County for the 2020 Presidential Primary. These locations will be open on election day Tuesday June 2, 2020 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM for limited in-person voting. We strongly encourage voters to submit their ballots by mail. Secure ballot drop off boxes will also be provided at these locations beginning Tuesday May 19, 2020 and will be accessible 24 hours each day through Tuesday June 2, 2020.
Bain 50+ Center5470 Ruth Keeton WayColumbia, MD 21044
Meadowbrook Park Athletic Complex
5001 Meadowbrook LnEllicott City, MD 21043
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Presidential Primary will be a vote-by-mail election. You will not need to request a ballot unless you would like to receive your ballot by email or have it delivered to another address other than the address we have on file with your voter registration. If you have already requested an absentee ballot, your absentee ballot request will be processed as usual. Ballots have already begun to be mailed, but are being sent out in waves due to large number of ballots that need to be processed for mailing. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time. If you have not yet received your ballot, there are two things you can do before calling for assistance:
If, after doing the above, you still need assistance, please call the Howard County Board of Elections at (410) 313-5820 or the State Board of Elections at (410) 269-2840 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Please note that if you try to contact us through these social media accounts after hours, we will usually not be able to assist you until the next business day.
For the convenience of the voters of Howard County, we are providing a drop off box at the Howard County Board of Elections where you can safely and securely drop off your ballot now through Election Day. The ballot drop box is available 24 hours a day, now through Tuesday June 2, 2020. We strongly encourage voters to submit their ballot by mail.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! - Do not give your ballot to another individual for them to return your ballot for you. Neither the Howard County Board of Elections, nor any other Election Board, authorize any individual or group to act as an agent on behalf of the office to receive ballots for the purpose of delivering them to the Board of Elections.
Special Primary Election Results:
Congressional District 7 by County (Official Results)
Data Files for the Congressional District 7 Special Primary Election (Official Results)
Special General Election Results (unofficial):
Congressional District 7 - Howard CountyCongressional District 7 Results
Board of Education Ballot Q&A (revised) - PDF
UPDATE! The ballot canvass for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election will begin Thursday May 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM.
The Howard County Board of Elections will conduct canvassing of ballots for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election commencing on Thursday May 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM. The canvass is open to the public. You can join using Google Meets meet.google.com/fns-jxvo-fxg. You can join by phone at +1 413-679-2337 (PIN: 253 939 388). If the public has questions, simply state your name and the question. Either the Director or the designee will answer the question for you. To view the cameras during the canvass, visit our YouTube channel. Cameras will only be functional during the canvass. Please refer to the canvassing schedule below for dates and times.
List of Canvassing Cameras:
Camera 1 - Board of Elections Office
Camera 2 - Ballot Review (available 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Camera 3 - Board of Elections Warehouse
The Board of Canvassers will meet from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM each day to vote on the acceptance or rejection of referred ballots, unless otherwise indicated.
Ballot Canvassing Schedule:
Thursday May 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday May 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ballot review by Board of Canvassers only)
Wednesday May 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thursday May 28, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday May 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thursday June 4, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday June 5, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday June 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday June 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Challenging A Ballot Remotely
The public can challenge any ballot that is taken through the canvassing process. Although uncommon, the Board of Elections recognizes the need to still have this process available despite the remote nature of this canvass.
The public will have visual/audio confirmation of the canvassing process as well as all discussions and the voting results of the Board on any ballot. The public may challenge a Board decision on the audio portion of the system the Board of Elections has selected to carry out this process. The challenger must immediately announce that he/she would like to challenge the ballot. The challenger will then scan a signed copy of the Canvass Challenge Form (see the link for the Canvass Challenge Form on our website) and email it to email@example.com in PDF format. (Note: All ballots that are given an “Accepted” disposition by the Board will be placed into batches that will not be run through scanners until the end of each day to account for any lag in video or audio or reception of a challenge.)
Once the Challenge Form has been received, the Board will immediately take action on the ballot that has been challenged. The Challenge review will take place with the ballot on video and the review on audio. The Board’s decision will be conveyed both on the audio and in a reply email to the challenger.
Canvass Challenge Form (PDF)
Warehouse - May 21, 2020 (PDF)
Office - May 21, 2020 (PDF)
Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the 2020 Presidential Primary 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 Presidential Primary 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)
The deadline to request an absentee ballot be sent to you by MAIL for the Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday May 26, 2020.The deadline to request an absentee ballot be sent to you ELECTRONICALLY for the Presidential Primary Election is Friday May 29, 2020.
If you would like to request an absentee ballot, click here.
Maryland Application for an Absentee Ballot - 2020 Elections (PDF)
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
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
Ridgely's Run Community Center
8400 Mission Rd
Jessup, MD 20794
Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Bain 50+ Center
Great Rooms 1 & 2
5470 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia, MD 21044
Howard County Fairgrounds
The Old Bingo Hall
2210 Fairgrounds Rd
West Friendship, MD 21794
You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. See a list of Early Voting Centers in Maryland. (PDF)
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:
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.