November 2020 State Constitution and County Charter Ballot Questions

Links for Maryland and Howard County Voting Information:

Maryland Board of Elections:


Howard County Board of Elections:


State-level Ballot Questions (detail):


State Level Question #1 (short form):


County-level Ballot Questions (short form):


Short form text as it will appear on Ballots follows:



Ballot Questions For: Presidential General


November 3, 2020


Question 01

Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 645 of the 2020 Legislative Session)

State Budget Process

The proposed amendment authorizes the General Assembly, in enacting a balanced budget bill for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, to increase, diminish, or add items, provided that the General Assembly may not exceed the total proposed budget as submitted by the Governor. (Amending Article II Section 17 and Article III Sections 14 and 52 of the Maryland Constitution)


Question 02

Commercial Gaming Expansion Referendum (Ch. 492 of the 2020 Legislative Session)

Expansion of Commercial Gaming - Sports and Event Wagering

Do you approve the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland to authorize sports and events betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education?








Ballot Questions For: Presidential General

Howard County, Maryland

November 3, 2020


Question A

Charter Amendment

Redistricting Dates

Changing the Howard County Charter to allow the County Council to set dates for drawing new Council district borders. After each official count of everyone who lives in the County, the Council would quickly form a redistricting commission and set dates for the commission to submit a plan for new Council district borders, and for the plan to become law if the Council does not adopt a different plan. The dates for these actions are now set by the County Charter, which uses an outdated State election schedule.


Question B

Charter Amendment

Citizen Board Term

Changing the Howard County Charter to shorten the term a resident would serve as a member on most County boards from five years to three years.


Question C

Charter Amendment

County Employment Discrimination

Changing the Howard County Charter to prohibit employment discrimination by Howard County based on a person's disability, color, national origin, immigration status, age, occupation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, or personal appearance. The prohibition would no longer include the word sex and the County could still not make an employment decision based on a person's political or religious opinions or associations or race.


Reprinted/Forwarded from Indivisible/HoCo Maryland, September 2020

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  • Alan Faber
    commented 2020-10-13 15:08:59 -0400
    It seems that with Question C, a biological female is no longer protected from discrimination based on their biological sex. Why was the word sex removed from Howard County Charter? I am in favor of progress, but this seems like a major step backward to me.