Executive Summary

The Latest News from County Executive Jan Gardner

Turning Our Vision Into a Reality

New Programs to Preserve History, Support Agriculture

Frederick County is a special place. Our history and our agricultural roots help to create that special sense of place that is uniquely Frederick. When the community came together to develop a shared vision for our award-winning Livable Frederick master plan, it was clear that we value historical and cultural resources. Now is the time to take action so we can turn that vision into a reality.


I am pleased to announce two new grant programs that will allow us to protect what we value about Frederick County: the Rural Historic Preservation Grant Program and the Agricultural Innovation Grant Program. The goal is to leave a legacy for future generations of a vibrant agricultural community and to preserve our rich history.


As we preserve farmland through our ag preservation programs, it is equally important that we help keep agricultural operations profitable. These grants accomplish that goal.


Frederick County has done an outstanding job preserving our rich history in our urban core. The Rural Preservation Grants will help us preserve our history in our rural areas, including historic bank barns, homes and other structures.

Why I Vote

There Are Several Ways to Vote in General Election

Thousands of Frederick County voters have already cast their ballots in the 2020 General Election. It's never been easier to make your voice heard! You can vote with a mail-in ballot, vote in-person at an early voting location, or vote at ANY Frederick County polling location on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 3rd.


  • MAIL-IN BALLOT - TODAY is the last day that Election officials recommend requesting a mail-in ballot. All applications for mail-in voting must be received by October 20th. You can apply online. Mail-in ballots can be dropped off at any of Frederick County's eight drop box locations between now and 8 p.m. on November 3rd.


  • EARLY VOTING - Early voting begins on Monday, October 26th. County voters can cast their ballot in person at one of four early voting locations: Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Middletown Volunteer Fire Department's Activities Building, and Urbana Regional Library.


  • IN-PERSON ELECTION DAY VOTING - If you want to wait until Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. There are 14 polling centers in Frederick County, and for the first time, voters can choose where to cast their ballots. You'll find the complete list of sites here.


I've received a number of questions about the local Charter Amendment questions on the ballot this year. You can find information on Questions A-D on the County's website. Visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/2020BallotQuestions.

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