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Information Regarding COVID-19
Board Meetings

Regular Date and Time

Regular Open Board Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. All meetings are subject to change.

2021 Election Board Meeting Schedule (PDF) - revised 09/13/2021

Upcoming Meeting

The next Open Meeting of the Howard County Board of Elections is scheduled for Monday September 27, 2021 at approximately 4:00 PM via Google Meet.

Board Meeting - September 27, 2021 - Official Announcement (PDF)

Tentative Agenda (PDF)

To join the Board meeting via Google Meet, click the "Join Google Meet" button below or copy and paste into your browser.

To join the meeting by phone, call +1 413-679-2337 (PIN: 253 939 388).


Board meetings will be held virtually, until further notice.

Howard County Board of Elections
9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046

Inclement Weather Policy

If Howard County Schools are closed and/or all evening activities are cancelled, the Howard County Board of Elections (Board) will not hold their fourth (4th) Monday Open Session Meeting. The Board will notify the public of the rescheduled date, time and location.

Board Members

Donna K Thewes - President
Ann M Balcerzak, Esq - Vice President
Diane L Butler - Member
Timothy J. Mummert, Esq. - Member
Raymond M Rankin - Member
Eric C. Brousaides, Esq. - Counsel

2022 Gubernatorial Election Dates

2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election

Early Voting - Thursday, June 16, 2022 through Thursday June 23, 2022
Election Day - Tuesday June 28, 2022

2022 Gubernatorial General Election

Early Voting - Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, November 3, 2022
Election Day - Tuesday November 8, 2022

Running for Office

Click one of the links below to make an appointment to file for candidacy, or learn more about running for office.

2020 Presidential General Election Results - Official

Statewide election results, both current and past, are available on the State Board of Election website. The results are available for primary and general elections, and reports are available in PDF or Excel format in some cases. Proofing ballots are also available for the most recent election(s).

2020 Presidential General Election Results - Howard County

2020 Presidential General Election Results - Statewide

For more election results, click the link below.

Voter Outreach Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all voter outreach events have been suspended at this time. Click below to access the voter outreach request form for the State of Maryland.

New Voting System Information
Election Security

For an overview of how we protect or election systems and data, Click Here

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

For information on voter turnout and election results, visit the State Board of Elections Press Room: Recent Releases and Statistics

Register to Vote
register, then vote

Click below to go to the online Voter Registration system.

Who regulates campaign signs?

The State Board does not have regulatory authority over the placement or location of campaign signs. However, there are State and local laws that regulate where and when you can put up campaign signs.

Placement of signs on State roads and highways is regulated by the State Highway Administration. For Howard County, contact the following District Office to obtain additional information:

5111 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301) 624-8122 or (800) 635-5119

Placement of signs on city and county roads and on public property in the cities and counties is regulated by local ordinances. According to Subtitle 5 - Signs, Section 3.503 - Exemptions of the Howard County Code of Ordinances:

(f) Political Campaign Signs. Signs announcing candidates seeking public political office and other data pertaining thereto shall be permitted up to a total area of nine square feet for each premises in a residential district and 32 square feet in a commercial or industrial district. These signs shall be located only on private property and shall be no less than 15 feet from the nearest edge of the pavement and no less than 100 feet from the nearest curb intersection of any street or road. These signs may be displayed 60 days prior to and seven days after the election for which intended. In cases where a final election follows within 75 days of a primary election, those candidates who won in the primary election may continue to display their signs during the interim period and up to seven days after the final election.


It is acceptable for candidates to use any combination of their name on a political sign, as long as it appears on their Certificate of Candidacy. For example, John Smith can have signs that say: "Vote for John," "Vote for Smith," or "Vote for John Smith."

I am a candidate for public office. Do I need a State permit to advertise?

No. Political signs do not require a permit, but they may not be placed in the median or within SHA right-of-way, just as other signs are prohibited. Signs may not be posted more than 45 days prior to any election. Unsuccessful candidates in the primary election must remove their signs within 15 days after the primary. All signs must be removed within 15 days after the general election. Political signs are prohibited along interstate highways.

When can I post my campaign signs at polling places?

According to EL § 10-101(a)(3)(iii)(2) campaign signs can be posted at polling places, including Early Voting Centers, at 5:00 pm on the day before election day or the day before early voting starts. All campaign signs must be removed from polling places and Early Voting Centers by 8:00 am the day after election day or the day after early voting ends.

Can I vote in a primary election if I'm not registered with one of the two major parties?

Generally, you must be registered with either the Democratic or Republican party to vote in the primary election. If there are non-partisan offices that are elected in a primary election (i.e., school board), any voter can vote for these offices. Contact your local board of elections for additional information.

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