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Preparations underway in Howard County for November’s general election

With the general election about a month away, preparations are in full swing at the Howard County Board of Elections.

There are 232,325 registered voters in Howard County eligible to cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 general election, including 122,168 Democrats, 57,346 unaffiliated voters and 49,380 Republicans. The board reports 356 voters registered in the Green Party, 909 in the Libertarian Party, and 129 in the Working Class Party.


The state will continue to take voter registrations through Oct. 18. Voters may choose to vote by mail, vote in person during early voting, or vote in person on Election Day, Nov. 8. More information about the voting process can be found online at

Early voting begins Oct. 27, and continues through Nov. 3, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


In Howard County, early voting will be held at the following locations:

  • Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia
  • Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville
  • Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City
  • North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel
  • St. John Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia

Any registered voter may vote by mail-in ballot for any reason. If you request a mail-in ballot to be sent to your mailing address, the request must be received by Nov. 1. Mail-in ballots can be requested in person through Election Day. Other details about mail-in ballot requests are available on the Maryland State Board of Elections website at

So far in Howard, 33,509 voters have requested mail-in ballots, according to Election Director Guy Mickley.

Mail-in ballots will begin going out to Howard voters Monday, according to the State Board of Elections. Mail-in voting packets were sent to Howard residents who are overseas in the military before a Sept. 24 deadline, the state board said in a news release.

The process of delivering and installing official ballot drop boxes also began this week across Howard County. There are plans to install 10 drop boxes for mail-in ballots in the county.

Mickley said he is pleased that enough county residents have volunteered to serve as election judges this year.

“We are doing well with election judges for this election,” he said in an email. “We have been able to recruit slightly more than needed, with additional people signing up every week. We will have a full complement of judges for this election.”