2022 General Election Information
For the most up to date information, the State Board of Elections section for the 2022 Gubernatorial Election – Voter Resources is the best place to visit.
Eligible voters (individuals that will turn 18 by or on Tuesday, Nov. 8th) may register to vote in advance of the 2022 General Election by using the State Board of Election online form or in-person by completing an application at the local board of elections office. For Howard residents, the Howard County Board of Elections office (410-313-5820) is located at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200, Columbia MD 21046. The advance deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 18th. (Important: In Maryland, you may register to vote the any day of early voting or election day with proof of residency.)
You can review your and update your voter registration here online or in-person at the Howard County Board of Elections office.
The deadline to request mail-in ballots sent by USPS is Nov. 1 however deadline to request a link to a mail-in ballot (print, vote, and drop off) is Nov. 4.
In the event a voter has any questions, issuing, problems, etc. during the election, call the Maryland Democratic Party Voter Protection Hotline at 1-833-MD-VOTES (1-833-638-6837).
Get involved! Click below.
Provide Rides to the Polls
Post a Sign ~ Call the Howard County Coordinated Campaign (443-985-2146) to pick up a Sign at the Columbia Headquarters (7035 Albert Einstein Dr, #150, Columbia, Maryland 21046)
SHARE THE ABOVE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
Make a Plan to Vote and Take a Friend
- RETURN Your Vote By Mail Ballot – Drop Box Locations
- EARLY VOTE at these Voting Centers
- FIND Your Voting Location for Election Day
- CHECK Your Voting Registration
- VIEW Your Sample Ballot
- Maryland Democratic Party Homepage
- Maryland Democratic Party 2022 Election Information
- Maryland State Board of Elections
- Howard County Board of Elections
- Various Voter Organizations:
- I Will Vote (Voter Registration, Verify Your Voter Registration, Mail-In Ballot Information)
- Rock the Vote (Voter Registration, Verify Your Voter Registration Mail-In Ballot Information)
- Vote 411 (Voter Registration, Verify Your Voter Registration, Candidates Information)
- Maryland Democratic Party – 2022 General Election – VOTER EMPOWERMENT PROBLEM SOLVING GRID (English)
- Maryland Democratic Party – 2022 General Election – Voter Protection FAQs (English)
- Maryland Democratic Party – 2022 General Election – FAQ for Maryland Voters with Disabilities (English)
Become an Election Judge
Election judges are paid to help voters and to ensure a fair and accessible elections. Under Maryland law, you can serve as an election judge if you are:
- Age 16 or older*;
- Are a registered voter in Maryland;
- Physically and mentally able to work at least a 15-hour day;
- Willing to work outside your home precinct;
- Able to sit and/or stand for an extended period; and
- Can speak, read, and write English.
- If you are bilingual or know several languages, this can also help voters in understanding the process.
* If you are 16 years old, you may be able to serve if you show your local board of elections that you are qualified to be an election judge and a parent or guardian gives permission.
If you have any questions regarding becoming an Election Judge, visit or contact the Howard County Board of Election at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200, Columbia MD 21046, call at 410-313-5820, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Volunteer Poll Watcher
The Maryland Democratic Party is seeking volunteer poll watchers for election day and during early vote. In less than three weeks, voters will begin casting their ballots in person. You can play a vital role in ensuring that every registered voter who comes to vote has the opportunity to vote! All you need is a phone with internet access and your commitment to free and fair elections (you will be trained over a Zoom session).
Go to https://linktr.ee/mddems, select Howard – Early Vote Poll Coverage or Howard – Election Day Poll Coverage and then select the time and the polling place you want to cover. You will immediately receive the links to sign up for the training.
Your Ballot (Click here to the Certified Sample Ballots)
Candidates – The following candidates will appear on ballots throughout Howard County.
House of Delegates
District 9A: Chao Wu and Natalie Ziegler (vote for up to two)
District 9B: Courtney Watson, incumbent
District 12A: Jessica Feldmark* and Terri Hill* (vote for up to two)
District 13: Vanessa Atterbeary. incumbent, Pamela Lanman Guzzone, Jen Terassa, incumbent (vote for up to three)
County Offices and Council
County Executive: Calvin Ball, incumbent
States Attorney: Rich Gibson, incumbent
Register of Wills: Byron Macfarlane, incumbent
Orphans’ Court Judge: Ajile F. Brown | Elizabeth Ann Fitch, incumbent | Nicole Bormel Miller (vote up to 3)
Clerk of the Circuit Court: Wayne A. Robey, incumbent
Sheriff: Marcus Harris, incumbent
Question A and the 5 Constitutional Amendment Questions
Howard County will have 6 questions total on the ballot. The first 5 questions will be Constitutional Amendments which asks voters if they are either For the Constitutional Amendment or Against the Constitutional Amendments. These 5 questions will be on all ballots in Maryland. The 6th questions, Question A, is Howard County specific and will ask if voter are For the Law or Against the Law for a law that was passed by a majority of County Democrats.
The Howard County Democratic Central Committee voted in their position to support, be against, or abstain from each question as follows:
Question 1 – Abstains
Question 2 – For the Constitutional Amendment
Question 3 – Abstains
Question 4 – For the Constitutional Amendment
Question 5 – Abstains
Question A – For the Law
To view detailed information on the above 6 Questions that will appear on Howard County Ballots, please see our analysis here.
Ballot Drop Boxes
As of now, mail-in ballots are arrive at voters mailing addresses. Voters who choose to utilize ballot drop boxes may submit their properly completed mail-in ballots at any official drop box in their county of residence. Ballots may be submitted from the time a ballot box is installed and opened until Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Ballot boxes will be locked promptly at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
- Bain 50+ Center 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044
- Elkridge 50+ Center 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075
- Gary J Arthur Community Center 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
- George Howard Building 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
- Howard County Board of Elections 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, MD 21046
- Howard County Scaggsville Police Department 11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, MD 20723
- Meadowbrook Athletic Complex 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043
- North Laurel Community Center 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723
- St. John Baptist Church 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045
- West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department 12535 Old Frederick Road, Sykesville, MD 21784
Early Voting Locations – Thursday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 3
During Early Voting, you may vote at any of the below locations. This policy is different from Election Day, where it is highly encouraged to go to the polling site assigned to you. Generally your polling site is the closest polling site in relation to your home.
5 Early Voting Locations in Howard County are as follows (online in Spanish here):
- The Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044
- Gary J Arthur Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
- Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043
- North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723
- Saint John Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045
Early voting will be held from Thursday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 3. Early voting centers will be open each day during that window from 7am to 8pm.
Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 8th. from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
As long as you are in line at by 8 p.m. you will be able to vote. One of the easiest ways to know the location of your polling site on Election Day, is to use the State Board of Elections Voter Look-Up website. Location of Election Day polling sites can be found here, however, it is highly advised to used the State Board of Elections Voter Look-Up website to find your polling site.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please go to your designated polling location by looking it up at the above Voter Look-Up website.
Signs and Electioneering – Early Voting and Polling Places on Election Day
- NO signs may be placed at any polling place or early voting center before 5pm the day before voting begins at any site. Any signage posted before 5pm will be taken down.
- ALL signs must be removed after early voting and election day by 8am the day following the end of each voting segment (November 4 and November 8.)
- The “NO ELECTIONEERING” line is 100 feet from the front outside door(s) of the polling place and continues in a semi-circle at 100 feet all the way around said entrance(s). For Early Voting, the “No Electioneering” signs will already be posted before 5pm, so they will be easily seen before you start to put signs out. Please also remember that some “No Electioneering” lines MUST take into consideration public safety at some of our polling places, so the line may be moved slightly more or less than 100 feet to take into account the welfare of the people standing outside electioneering. We do this for your protection.
- When parking at any facility, DO NOT use the parking directly in front of a polling place. Please use parking as far back as possible for each individual that is electioneering so that parking for voters is minimally impacted.
If you are electioneering at Meadowbrook Athletic Complex for Early Voting, DO NOT park in front of the building. You must park behind the building to give the voters ample parking up front. We will ask people to move their vehicles or simply leave if this is not followed.
- DO NOT place signs at the ends of entrances or exits to polling places or early voting centers. Please allow space for people to see when coming into or exiting a site in their vehicle. This is the #1 complaint that we receive during early voting- signage causing public safety issues.
We will be placing signage in areas during Early Voting that will say, “No Political Signs in This Area.” These signs are to ensure that our Early Voting Signs that are directional for voters, and areas that are to be kept clear for public safety are not used for political signs. Any signs that we find in areas that we have placed our signs will be taken down.
Any questions on the above can be referred to Guy Mickley, Election Director, at email@example.com.