Village Elections 2021: Absentee Voting Strongly Encouraged

Village Elections will be held on Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Claret Hall. To ensure everyone’s safety, social distancing and masks will be required. River Hill residents age 18 or older are permitted to vote. Residents must bring proof of person, residency, and age to the poll. A Maryland driver’s license, Howard County voter registration card, passport, and/or birth certificate may be used. Tenants and new residents may present a deed, lease, utility bill addressed to the individual at their River Hill residence, or other such evidence as proof of residence. Members whose River Hill properties are in violation of the Covenants and have been accepted as cases by Columbia Association’s Architectural Resource Committee may only vote for the Columbia Council Representative.

Prefer not to vote in person? Absentee ballots may be requested beginning April 4. Residents may make their requests in writing (via email or letter) through April 14 or in person by appointment at Claret Hall through April 23. Proof of person, age, and residency is required to obtain an absentee ballot whether requested in person or in writing. Residents may scan and email their back-up documents to the Election Committee c/o the Village Manager at When requesting an absentee ballot in writing, please indicate whether you will pick it up at Claret Hall or whether you want it mailed to you. Absentee ballots may be submitted by mail or dropped off at Claret Hall and must be received by midnight on April 23.

Claret Hall continues to have abbreviated hours due to COVID-19 and is open by appointment only, Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. To accommodate last minute requests for absentee ballots, Claret Hall will be open by appointment on Friday, April 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The election is uncontested. Three candidates are running for three positions on the association’s Board of Directors: Eric M. Greenberg, Matthew R. Levine, and Dipper Wettstein. One candidate is running for the River Hill Council Representative position: Renée Freal DuBois. Candidate statements are provided on page 16.

Volunteers Still Needed
We still need volunteers to assist at the poll on Election Day from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Two-hour shifts are available! Please contact Susan Smith, Village Manager, at 410-531-1749 or to volunteer.

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