Howard County's Board of Election Supervisors will be moving to new, larger quarters near Route 100.
The County Council approved the lease at its meeting Monday night in a 3-2 vote along party lines.
Republicans Allan H. Kittleman of the western county and Christopher J. Merdon of Ellicott City, who opposed the move, objected to the cost of the new offices, and complained that only one bid was received.
However Robert J. Antonetti Sr., elections board administrator, said that bids had been sought twice.
Councilwoman Mary C. Lorsung, a west Columbia Democrat, argued the new office is nearly one-third larger, and the location is more accessible for the disabled and other members of the public. The current offices are behind a strip shopping center on U.S. 40, near Rogers Avenue.
The new quarters are at 8900 Columbia 100 Parkway, south of Route 100. The county now pays $12.43 a square foot for 5,250 square feet. The new offices are 6,575 square feet at $17.75 a square foot.
Antonetti said the board hopes to move to the new site next month, though it may take longer.