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Vote to Re-Elect Byron Macfarlane on June 26th

The Democratic Primary Election is June 26, 2018. This is your chance to choose who you think are the best, most qualified, and most committed Democrats to send to the General Election and, hopefully, public offices here in Howard County.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Click HERE to find your polling location.

Maryland law provides broad protections for you as a voter. Election judges should not be asking you to produce an ID and cannot deny you the opportunity to vote, at least by provisional ballot.

If you encounter any problem trying to vote, please call us at 443.832.3320.


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Byron Endorsed for Re-Election by People for the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund

On Wednesday, June 20, Byron was officially endorsed for re-election by the People for the American Way (PFAW) Up Next Victory Fund.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by the Up Next Victory Fund. I’m a proud progressive committed to fighting against right-wing extremism and to defending constitutional values.”

People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund helps young progressive candidates win races for state and local offices across the country. It’s committed to winning the elections that will lead to progressive outcomes that reflect our true American values and the American Way.


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Want to Skip Election Day Lines and Vote Early? Here’s How.

Early voting is a popular alternative to voting on Election Day. Here’s all you need to know about it:

When is early voting?

Early voting is held June 14-21, 2018. Polls are open daily from 10:00AM until 8:00 PM.

Where can I vote early?

There are four early voting sites in Howard County. Click on your preferred site to get driving directions:

Columbia – The Bain Center (Great Rooms 1 &2)
Ellicott City – Miller Branch Library (Meeting Rooms)
Jessup – Ridgely’s Run Community Center (All-Purpose Room)
West Friendship – Howard County Fairgrounds (Old Bingo Hall)

Who can vote early?

Any person who is eligible to register to vote can vote.

Registered voters have always been able to vote during early voting, but now individuals who are eligible but not yet registered can register and vote.

To register and vote during early voting, go to an early voting center in the county where you live and bring a document that proves where you live. This document can be your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or your paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with your name and new address. You will be able to register to vote and vote.

How will I vote during early voting?

Voting during early voting is the same as voting on election day. When you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote and vote your ballot.

There will be instructions available at the early voting centers to familiarize you with the ballot. You may ask an election judge to explain how to vote, but you must cast your vote alone, unless you are unable to do so because you have a disability or are unable to read or write the English language.

I’m registered to vote, but I need to make a change. Can I make that change during early voting?

It depends.

If you moved, you can update your address. You will be able to change your address and vote.

If you want to change your party affiliation, you can’t do that at an early voting center. You must wait until after the election to change your party affiliation.

If you changed your name, you must vote under your former name, but you can fill out a form with your new name. Your name will be updated after the election.


(Source: Maryland Board of Elections)

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June 5 Deadline to Register to Vote, Update Info, Change Party in Maryland

The Primary Election will be here soon. Be sure you’re properly registered to vote beforehand.

June 5, 2018 at 9:00 P.M. is the deadline to do the following on the Board of Elections website:

✔ Register to vote (If you miss this deadline and are not registered to vote, you can register at any polling place during Early Voting).
✔ Update your information. (If you miss this deadline and are registered to vote, you can fill out a form to update your information at any polling place during Early Voting.)
✔ Change your party affiliation. (If you miss this deadline you will have to wait until after the Primary Election to change your party affiliation.)

For more information about Early Voting, click here.

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Byron Endorsed for Re-Election by the African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC)

On Tuesday, May 15, Byron was officially endorsed for re-election by the African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC).

AAIHC’s endorsement press release stated the following: “Perhaps an easy endorsement because most Howard Countians seem convinced that Byron belongs to us! He’s sincere, a hard worker, and one who has served us well during his terms as Register of Wills, and he should be re-elected.” AAIHC also declined to endorse either Republican candidate running for Register of Wills, leaving Byron as their sole choice for this office.

Founded over 20 years ago, African Americans in Howard County’s (AAIHC) primary purpose is to endorse political candidates for leadership positions and expand the public policy debate to include racial and economic equality. The views are progressive with an arc toward improving the system for democracy, freedom and opportunity for all.


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Perfect Audit Highlights Byron’s Effective Fiscal & Operational Management

“I’ve always said that my first priority as Register is to provide the very best service possible to Howard County families. However, a truly essential aspect of my role as Register is effective fiscal and operational management of my office.

When I was first elected, I undertook a top-to-bottom review of the office’s policies and procedures. I found that some of them were outdated, some made no sense, and some were actually discriminatory. I have spent years working with my staff to modernize our procedures, streamline the probate process, adopt best practices, and ensure equal access to our services. I’m pleased our hard work has paid off both in the outstanding service we provide to the public and in the recognition of this service by the state of Maryland, which issued a perfect audit report for my office in 2015.

In a new term, I pledge to continue to adopt innovative approaches to how we deliver services, continue to seek out new ways to increase efficiency, and continue to be a diligent steward of public resources.”


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Byron Chronicles Nearly 200 New Policies, Reforms, Improvements & Upgrades

Byron Macfarlane became Register of Wills for Howard County on December 1, 2010. He took the reigns from his predecessor, who had held the position for 24 years and had worked in the office for 9 years prior to that – 33 years total. After such a long period of time, Byron brought a fresh perspective to how the office operated.

“When I got here, we were issuing receipts in carbon paper triplicate, our file cabinets were overflowing and broken, and we were recording Orphans’ Court hearings with an audio cassette player. It was clear to me we had a lot of work to do to bring this office into the 21st century and streamline our procedures. So I set my staff to the task of beginning a top to bottom review of how we operated. From procurement to technology, from finances to internal communication, we identified many areas that needed improvement. As a result, I’ve implemented nearly 200 new policies, reforms, improvements, and upgrades to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible.”

Byron’s leadership has allowed his staff to minimize the time they spend on administrative tasks and maximize the time they have to interact with the public. His office has become a model for how government should provide services to people in need. In the next term, he pledges to continue to seek ways to improve efficiency and make his office as user-friendly and flexible as possible for Howard County families.

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Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Endorses Byron for Re-Election


On Monday, April 30, Byron was officially endorsed for re-election by the Metro Baltimore Council of the AFL-CIO.

“I’m a proudly pro-labor candidate. As Register of Wills, I’ve made the health, wellness, professional development, and happiness of my employees a top priority. I believe that every worker should be treated with dignity and respect and should know they have a boss who cares about their well-being. I’m extremely grateful to the Metro Baltimore Council for their endorsement. With their help, I’ll continue to manage a positive, collaborative, supportive, caring work environment for my dedicated staff.”

The Metro Baltimore Council is one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. They are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. They mobilize their members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and strive daily to vanquish oppression and make communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.


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Byron Sweeps Democratic Club Endorsements, Demonstrates Overwhelming Support in Primary Election


Byron Macfarlane has officially been endorsed for re-election by all three of Howard County’s Democratic Clubs. This clean sweep demonstrates Byron’s overwhelming and enthusiastic support in the Democratic primary election.

“I’m truly honored to be endorsed by the Columbia Democratic Club, the Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club, and the Ellicott City & Western Howard Democratic Club.

I’ve been an active Democrat in this county since I was just 16 years old. I’ve been an active member of these clubs for years. They’re comprised of some of the most dedicated, driven, hard-working,  and passionate Democrats I’ve ever known. We’ve fought together on the front lines for years and we’re ready to do it again in 2018. I’m humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support for my campaign and eager to take my record of accomplishment and service to the voters.”

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Byron Endorsed for Re-Election by the Columbia Democratic Club

On Saturday, April 28 at the Roger Carter Community Center, Byron was endorsed for re-election by the Columbia Democratic Club.

“I want to thank my fellow members of the Columbia Democratic Club for their endorsement today. The CDC endorsed me in 2010 and 2014 and I’m honored to be endorsed again in the 2018 election. I’ve been a member of this club for 14 years and have worked side by side with these men and women to advocate for progressive policy and elect Democrats.

Columbia’s founder, James Rouse, said, “What ought to be, can be.” Today, we carry on that pioneering spirit as we work to build a fairer, more equal, more just society for everyone. As Register of Wills, I’ve worked to create an office that cares for people and treats everyone with dignity and respect. In the coming term, I’ll build on what we’ve achieved and continue to advocate for reforms that make probate faster and fairer for Howard County families.”


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