9770 Patuxent Woods Dr #200
Columbia, MD 21046
9770 Patuxent Woods Dr #200
The mission of the Board of Elections is to ensure federal, state and local elections are conducted timely, responsibly, and with the highest level of professional election standards, accountability, security and integrity, intended to earn and maintain public confidence in the electoral process.
District boundaries are updated every ten years based on how the population changes.
Regular Open Board Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 PM unless otherwise noted. All meetings are subject to change.
2023 Election Board Meeting Schedule (PDF) revised 05/17/2023
The regular open meeting scheduled for Monday May 22, 2023 has been cancelled.
The next regular open meeting of the Howard County Board of Elections is scheduled for Monday June 5, 2023 at 4:00 PM. This is a change from the previously scheduled meeting of Monday June 12, 2023. This meeting will include the swearing in of recently appointed board members and the election of officers. This meeting will be held in person and virtually.
To attend a Regular Open Board meeting virtually, click the "Join via Google Meet" button below or copy and paste https://meet.google.com/fns-jxvo-fxg into your browser.
To join the meeting by phone, call +1 413-679-2337 (PIN: 253 939 388).
Official Announcement - Regular Open Meeting (PDF)
Tentative Agenda (PDF)
Board meetings will be held virtually, unless otherwise indicated in the official announcement.
Howard County Board of Elections
9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046
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.
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
Meeting Minutes - January 23, 2023 (PDF)
Voter registration and polling place look-up tools and resources for voters and candidates.
Maryland Voter Registration and Polling Place Look-Up Tool
Howard County 2022 Gubernatorial Election Polling Place List (PDF)
Howard County 2022 Gubernatorial Election Early Voting Center Google Map
Howard County 2022 Gubernatorial Election Election Day Polling Place Google Map
Howard County Interactive Map (select Political Boundaries -> Election Sites)
Early Voting - Thursday, July 7, 2022 through Thursday July 14, 2022
Election Day - Tuesday July 19, 2022
Early Voting - Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, November 3, 2022
Election Day - Tuesday November 8, 2022
Click one of the links below to make an appointment to file for candidacy, or learn more about running for office.
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.
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.
For an overview of how we protect or election systems and data, Click Here
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For information on voter turnout and election results, visit the State Board of Elections Press Room: Recent Releases and Statistics
Click below to go to the online Voter Registration system.
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."
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.
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.
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.