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Howard County’s election drop boxes are open. Here’s where voters can drop off their mail ballots.

A man walks past an official ballot drop box by the Bain 50+ Center in Columbia on May 23. Starting Wednesday, six drop boxes became available around Howard County for residents to drop off their mailed election ballots.
A man walks past an official ballot drop box by the Bain 50+ Center in Columbia on May 23. Starting Wednesday, six drop boxes became available around Howard County for residents to drop off their mailed election ballots. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Starting Wednesday, six drop boxes became available around Howard County for residents to drop off their mailed election ballots.

The secure drop boxes are options for voters who requested mail ballots and prefer them to using the United States Postal Service. Three more locations will be added between Oct. 15 and 17.

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The drop boxes will be available through Election Day, and ballots will be collected twice a day by election officials. The deadline to put a mail ballot in a drop box is 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

Ballots for the November election began arriving in email inboxes Sept. 24 for some voters, and another 800,000 printed ballots started going out to voters Saturday.

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As of Tuesday, more than 1.1 million Marylanders — out of 4 million registered voters in the state — have requested mail-in ballots. A little over 84,400 Howard County residents of the 225,000 registered voters have requested mail ballots so far.

Requests for mail ballots must be received by the Howard County Board of Elections by Oct. 20. To request a mail ballot, voters can visit the Howard County elections website.

The same rules apply to ballots placed in drop boxes as ballots sent back in the mail. The oath must be signed on the return envelope for the ballot to count.

For mail ballots, Guy Mickley, director of the Howard County Board of Elections, said it helps for voters to submit them as early as they can.

“Generally speaking, the earlier the better for us,” Mickley said. “If people decide to vote by mail, I would suggest sending their ballots back as soon as they can, either by mail or by dropping it off in one of the drop boxes.”

Here are the six county drop box locations:

  • Howard County Board of Elections, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200, Columbia
  • Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia
  • Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville
  • Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City
  • Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton
  • Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia

Here are the three drop box locations that are scheduled to be available in mid-October:

  • Elkridge Landing Middle School, 7085 Montgomery Road, Elkridge
  • Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 N. Laurel Road, Laurel
  • Lisbon Elementary School, 15901 Frederick Road, Lisbon

In addition to voting by mail or placing a mail ballot in a drop box, Howard County voters also have two other ways to vote: in-person voting on Election Day and early in-person voting.

For in-person voting on Election Day, Howard County voters will have 17 voting centers to choose from. Unlike in past years, voters will be able cast their ballots from any center in the county, rather than being required to vote at a specific polling location. The voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.

For early voting, voters have the choice of casting their ballots at five different locations from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. The early voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The voting centers on Election Day are:

  • Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia — cafeteria and gym
  • Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City — cafeteria and gym
  • Elkridge Landing Middle School — cafeteria and gym
  • Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg — cafeteria and gym
  • Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia — gym
  • Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Laurel Woods Elementary School — gym and gym 2
  • Lisbon Elementary School — cafeteria and gym
  • Long Reach High School — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Marriotts Ridge High School — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Meadowbrook Athletic Complex — multi-purpose room
  • Mt. Hebron High School, 9440 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City — cafeteria and gym
  • Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Patuxent Valley Middle School, 9151 Vollmerhausen Road, Savage — cafeteria and gym
  • Reservoir High School — gym and auxiliary gym
  • River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville — cafeteria
  • Wilde Lake High School — cafeteria and gym

The early voting centers are:

  • Long Reach High School — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Marriotts Ridge High School — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Meadowbrook Athletic Complex — multi-purpose room
  • Reservoir High School — gym and auxiliary gym
  • Wilde Lake High School — cafeteria and gym

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