The Howard County Board of Elections verified more than 11,000 signatures and CB 63-2020 will be placed on the ballot referendum in the 2022 Gubernatorial General Election

Those watching the “Repeal Sanctuary Status In Howard County” group or just this issue may have an interest in this story. CB 63-2020 was sponsored by Opel Jones and was passed in December of 2020 (by a vote of 4 to 1)…but in 2022 voters in Howard County will get an opportunity to weigh in on this legislation.

Here is text from an email from the Repeal Sanctuary Status In Howard County group on this topic:


The Howard County Board of Elections verified the more than 11,000 signatures submitted by our field teams and found them to meet the standard to subject CB 63-2020 to a referendum in November 2022.

We could not have done this without you.

Your advocacy, your signatures, and your financial contributions made this initial success possible.

Now it’s time to embark on the hard work of taking our positive message to every voter in Howard County.

We may have put Sanctuary County on the ballot, but it will take a total team effort to ensure we are successful at the ballot box in November 2022.

It won’t be easy, but with you in our corner, I am certain we will be successful.

I know November 2022 sounds like a long time away, but our team is already laying the foundation for a successful grassroots campaign and we need your help.

(The rest of the email was about donations so I am going to leave that out of this post)

Here is the letter dated March 19th from the Howard County Board of Elections to the Citizens for a Strong and Safe Howard County:

The key part of this letter is:

It has been determined that the number of valid signatures to exceed the threshold for signatures (signed by five per centum of the qualified voters of the County calculated upon the whole number of votes cast in the County for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election, or 7,170 valid signatures), as set forth in the Howard County Charter, Section 211-The Referendum, has been met. The Howard County Board of Elections will inform the Howard County Council and the Howard County Office of Law of the final disposition of the petition, which will trigger Howard County Council Bill 63-2020 to be placed on the ballot for referendum in the 2022 Gubernatorial General Election.

Expect there to be a significant marketing effort from both sides leading up to this issue on the ballot in 2022 in Howard County. I would also expect to see this as a campaign issue for candidates in 2022.

It will probably be a while before we see the wording (which is always interesting) for the ballot in 2022 but that will be significant to see if what is on the ballot is clear or a bunch of legalese to confuse the voters (as we have seen on other issues on ballots in the past). Whichever side you are on with this issue the language on the ballots should be clear to everyone voting what they are voting for when they check yes or no on issues like this one.

I will continue to watch and track this issue…on the look out for new information or statements from elected officials or organizations.

Scott E

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