The Maryland State Board of Elections is publishing data of the number of mail-in ballots sent out and received for the 2020 Maryland Primary. Here is the data as of May 28th:

Specific to Howard County…205,581 mail-in-ballots have been sent out and 38,390 ballots have been received. That makes a return rate of just under 19%.

The statewide average is just over 16.5% as of May 28th.

There is not breakdown by councilmanic district locally but there is a breakdown by legislative district: (District: Sent / Received / % Received)

  • District 9A: 68,798 / 13,330 / 19.4%
  • District 9B: 22,956 / 5,645 /  24.6%
  • District 12: 69,831 / 14,096 / 20.2%
  • District 13: 89,393 / 14,829 / 16.6%

Keep in mind that Districts 9A and 12 include other counties so it is not a 100% accurate look at Howard County voting numbers.

In the 2016 Primary the voter turnout rate was just over 44% for Howard County and just under 42% statewide:

There is still time to get your vote in the mail…just make sure it is in the mail and postmarked by June 2nd. The will also be two voting locations in Howard County on June 2nd (click image to learn more):

There is also a ballot drop-off location in Howard County “If you want to drop off your voted ballot instead of mailing it, there are locations in each county where you can drop off your ballot. Take the sealed reply envelope with your voted ballot inside to a drop off location in the county where you live. The drop off locations will be available from Thursday, May 21st through Tuesday, June 2nd. Your ballot must be dropped off by 8 pm on Tuesday, June 2nd. Make sure your oath is signed or your ballot will not count“ The drop off location is:

Howard County Board of Elections
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21046

You can check the status of your mail-in-ballot here:

Still need more information before you vote…be sure to check out Scott E’s Blog HoCoBOE Election Reference page:

Ok folks…I know it has been a difficult election season here in Howard County but it is important to get your vote in and make your voice heard.

Scott E


  1. This could be because many haven’t received a ballot. Someone in my household just recently received his ballot but only after multiple calls and emails.

  2. With almost everyone at home, it does not make sense that people have not voted by now.
    However, we do not know how quickly the election board opens the envelope. They may have a weeks worth of mail to open. (don’t know)

    HoCo voters
    Dem 22.5%
    Rep 19.9%
    Ind 7.2%

    I would have thought the republication and independent voters would have a higher response. I always thought HoCo rep. voters turned out with a higher percentage than dems.

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