Voting for Howard Magazine’s 2020 Best of Howard Readers’ Choice Poll…also known as the “Best of Howard County” kicked off today (September 3rd):

Major categories include:

  • Out & About
  • Shopping
  • Food & Drink
  • Health & Wellness
  • Home
  • Personal Services
  • Personalities
  • Recreation

You can vote here:


There are a number of sub categories under each major category listed above. Many I will be interested to see how it plays out.

Obviously the sub category under personalities listed as “Blog” is the one I will be playing close attention to…because I won last year and because of the number of blogs on the “ballot” in 2020:

  • HoCo Progress Report
  • HoCo Rising
  • Justin Weather, Justin Berk
  • Scott E’s Blog
  • Spartan Considerations
  • Susan Garber
  • The Merriweather Post
  • Village/Town Squared

This is a big list of local blogs…a bigger list than I have ever noticed listed in the past for this contest. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in 2020.

For a history of past winners and honorable mentions check out this post on the blog:

Here is some important information related to the contest:

Per Howard Magazine (on the Baltimore Sun website): Contest voting period begins on Sept. 3, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. ET and ends on Sept. 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET (the “Voting Period”).

You must be at least 18 years old at the time of Ballot submission and a legal resident of the United States to vote. All voters must be located in the United States at the time they cast their vote. Limit one Ballot per person and per day. All Ballots from any person in excess of the limit, if detected by Sponsor, will be void, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify that voter and all votes submitted by that voter.

To vote, during the Voting Period visit, and fill out and submit a Ballot. Vote in as many Categories as you wish. You are not required to vote in all Categories. For each Category you may select your favorite Candidate from the options provided. Vote totals will not be published.

Winners will be determined by popular vote. A Candidate may be honored in more than one Category, but votes will not be combined across Categories. The leading vote recipient in each Category will be declared the winner (“Winner”) in that Category. If there is a tie at the Winner level, each will be declared a Winner.

All Winners will be listed in the December issue of Howard Magazine published on December 5, 2019. Winners will also be listed online at

There are more rules…but thought I would highlight a few of them in this blog post…check out all of the rules here:

Be sure to vote for your favorite in each category every day!!!

Scott E