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 June 5th:

Specific to Howard County…205,362 mail-in-ballots have been sent out and 82,499 ballots have been received. That makes a return rate of over 40% (40.2%). The statewide average is just under 35.6% as of June 5th.

Broken out by party in Howard County…here is the return rate of mail-in-ballots:

  • Democrat: 49.8%
  • Republican: 37.0%
  • Other: 19.1%

Here are some past years primary voter turnout percentages for Howard County and the State of Maryland:

  • 2018: Howard County 23.36% / State 24.25%
  • 2016: Howard County 44.07% / State 41.71%
  • 2014: Howard County 19.73% / State 20.71%
  • 2012: Howard County 18.95% / State 17.91%
  • 2010: Howard County 21.42% / State 24.04%

This has been an excellent voter turnout year for this primary and the total turnout could come very close to the numbers we saw back in 2016. Not that everything about the vote-by-mail system has gone wonderful (I will have more on that in a future post after the Primary is over).

The Howard County Board of Elections has scheduled two additional dates to canvas incoming ballots via mail:

Wednesday June 10, 2020 – 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday June 12, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

As numbers are updated from Howard County Board of Elections and reported to the state I will continue to put out updates here on the blog.

Scott E