Ballot Question Recommendations

In addition to candidates for office, the 2022 Election Ballot gives voters the opportunity to decide on five amendments to the Maryland Constitution and the repeal of one County Law.

The HCGOP offers the following guidance, based on consensus of the Central Committee:

Question 1 - To rename Maryland’s Appellate Courts. We see no benefit to this change. Our courts have carried the same names since 1776, and changing would cost significant money.

HCGOP votes: AGAINST


Question 2 - To require that Maryland Senators and Delegates not only maintain primary residence but actually live in the districts they represent. There are currently legislators who do not live in Maryland.

HCGOP votes: FOR


Question 3 - To limit jury trials in civil cases to those where the amount at issue is $25,000 or more. The current minimum is $15,000. Since jury trials tend to favor the plaintiff, this change has the effect of giving an advantage to wealthier parties.

HCGOP votes: AGAINST


Question 4 - To legalize use and possession of cannabis. Cannabis consumption while driving represents a threat to public safety, and is much harder to identify than alcohol use.

HCGOP votes: AGAINST


Question 5 - To eliminate the office of Howard County Judge of the Orphans Court and shift the workload of the Orphans’ Court to Circuit Court Judges. The Orphans’ Court exists to adjudicate cases in which a person has died without a will. Shifting this workload to the circuit court further burdens an already over-burdened circuit court system. It will tend to require families who may lack means to hire attorneys to assist with cases in which, under the current Orphans’ Court, they may successfully represent themselves.

HCGOP votes: AGAINST


Question A - To maintain the inappropriately named “Liberty Act” which makes Howard County a sanctuary for immigrants who have come to the United States or who remain in the United States in violation of U.S. law.

HCGOP votes: AGAINST

Please note that Question A will be on the back of the ballot! Do not miss voting on the crucial issue of Sanctuary County!