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Howard County Register of Wills
Election Returns, 1851-present

Prior to 1851, the Register of Wills was appointed by the Governor to a lifetime term [Constitution of 1776, Article 40]. Under the Constitution of 1851, Registers were elected to six-year terms [Constitution of 1851, Article 4, Section 18]. Terms were shortened to four years in 1922 [Laws of 1922, Chapter 227].
 
Date of Election
Winner
Opponent
Margin of Votes
Sources
November 5, 1851
Thomas Brice Hobbs[1]
Thomas Jenkins
Richard Pendell
Washington Gaither
Thomas S. Herbert
Hobbs 423
Jenkins 422
Pendell 275
Gaither 89
Herbert 29
MSA S108-22
April 7, 1852
Thomas Brice Hobbs
Thomas Jenkins
Hobbs 465
Jenkins 416
MSA S108-27
November 4, 1857
Thomas Brice Hobbs
James E. Cassidy
Hobbs 819
Cassedy 709
MSA S108-33
November 4, 1863
Eli T. Peddicord
Thomas Brice Hobbs
Peddicord 696
Hobbs 555
MSA S108-45
November 5, 1867
Benjamin H. Dorsey
Eli T. Peddicord
Thomas Brice Hobbs
Dorsey 1063
Peddicord 456
Hobbs 20
MSA S1122-1, p. 147
November 4, 1873
Benjamin H. Dorsey
J. Plummer Ijams
Dorsey 1411
Ijams 1304
MSA S108-77
November 2, 1875
Edwin Warfield
Dr. W.H. Worthington
Warfield 1633
Worthington 1285
MSA S1122-2, p. 223
November 8, 1881
Thomas L. Maclin
Samuel K. Dashiell
J. Thomas Clarke
Maclin 1378
Dashiell 1114
Clarke 517
MSA S1122-2, p. 278
November 8, 1887
Isaac Scaggs
Joseph R. Musser
Scaggs 1560
Musser 1367
MSA S1122-2, p. 329 
November 7, 1893
Isaac Scaggs
Charles T. Grant
John T. Layman
Scaggs 1,634
Grant 1,166
Layman 96
MSA T1059-1, pp. 20-22
November 7, 1899
William H. Marlow
William A. Makinson
Covington B. Zeff
Marlow 2,032
Makinson 1,571
Zeff 103
MSA T1059-1, pp. 53-54
November 7, 1905
Richard Davis (D)
Robert W. Thompson (R)
Phillip Cissel (Proh)
Davis 1,811
Thompson 975
Cissel 67
MSA T1059-1, pp. 84-85
November 5, 1911
Richard Davis of W (D)
Frank Dorsey (R)
Davis 1,878
Dorsey 1,031
MSA T1059-1, pp. 141-43
November 6, 1917
Richard Davis (D)
John W. Thompson of R (R)
Davis 1,657
Thompson 1,036
MSA T1059-2, p. 122
November 6, 1923
Martin F. Burke (D)
Frank B. Gallion
Burke 2,538
Gallion 2,044
MSA T1059-3, p. 155
November 2, 1926
Charles H. Ridgely (D)
Morris Porter (R)
Ridgely 3,253
Porter 2,127
MSA T1059-3, p. 208
November 4, 1930
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Morris Porter (R)
Pickett 3,813
Porter 2,169
MSA T1059-3, p. 235
November 6, 1934
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Daniel R. Harp
Pickett 3,901
Harp 2,341
MSA T1059-3, p. 266
November 8, 1938
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Jacob S. Brown
Pickett 4,092
Brown 2,152
MSA T1059-3, pp. 292-93
November 3, 1942
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Kenneth H. Cook
Pickett 3,245
Cook 1,662
MSA T1059-3, pp. 323-24
November 5, 1946
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Arthur S. Kolb
Pickett 3,912
Kolb 2,124
MSA T1059-3, pp. 361-62
November 7, 1950
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Edward J. Turner
Pickett 4,979
Turner 2,241
MSA T1059-3, pp. 389-90
November 2, 1954
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
Minnie Belle (Skip) Robb (R) 
Pickett 4,963
Robb 2,510
MSA S63-204, 
MdHR 18933-168 
November 4, 1958
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
 (uncontested)
Pickett 6,633
MSA S63-211, 
MdHR 18933-290 
November 6, 1962
Raymond L. Pickett (D)
(uncontested)
Pickett 6,079
write-in 1
MSA T1059-1
November 8, 1966
George W. Slack (D)
Charles Winfield Robb (R)
Slack 6,804
Robb 4,584
MSA T1059-1
November 3, 1970
George W. Slack (D)
 Leola M. Dorsey (R)
Slack 8,008
Dorsey 6,196
MSA S63-243,
MdHR 19524-166
November 5, 1974
George W. Slack (D)
Grace H. Senseney (R)
Slack 15,542
Senseney 6,538
MSA T1059-2
November 7, 1978
George W. Slack (D)
Mary Ann Wieder (R)
Slack 16,119
Wieder 10,059
MSA T1059-2
November 2, 1982
Mary M. Grimes (D)
(uncontested)
Grimes 22,751
MSA T1059-2
November 4, 1986
Kay K. Hartleb (D) 
Gwen Burke Bowers (R) 
Hartleb 21,742
Bowers 13,314
MSA T894-24 
November 6, 1990
 Kay K. Hartleb (D) 
William A. Thies, Jr. (R)
Hartleb 26,503
Thies 20,494
MSA T894-X
November 8, 1994
Kay K. Hartleb (D)
Cahterine A. Walters (R) 
Hartleb 34,375
Walters 28,291
The Washington Post
10 November 1994 
November 3, 1998
Kay K. Hartleb (R)
Patricia S. Gordon (D)
Hartleb 40,888
Gordon 33,420
write-in 100
Maryland Manual On-Line
November 5, 2002
Kay K. Hartleb (R)
(uncontested)
Hartleb 70,720
write-in 1,264
Maryland Manual On-Line
November 7, 2006
Kay K. Hartleb (R)
Lawrence M. Blickman (D)
Hartleb 48,858
Blickman 46,479
Maryland Manual On-Line
November 2, 2010
Byron Macfarlane (D)
Kay K. Hartleb (R)
Macfarlane 49,591
Hartleb 49,341
write-in 60
Maryland State Board of Elections 
November 4, 2014Byron Macfarlane (D)(uncontested)Macfarlane 73,537
write-in 1,110
Maryland State Board of Elections

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Notes:
1. The election of 1851 was initially declared in favor of Hobbs, but the county election judges later determined that Hobbs and Jenkins had tied 422-422. The judges believed that they did not have authority to change the official results, and the governor officially commissioned Hobbs. Jenkins appealed the matter to the House of Delegates, which ruled that the election had indeed resulted in a tie and decided that a new election should be held. See the Baltimore Sun, 17 November 1851, 12 February 1852, 13 February 1852, and 5 March 1852.

Sources:
BOARD OF STATE CANVASSERS (Election Returns) MSA S63
GOVERNOR (Election Returns) MSA S108
HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Election Returns) MSA C977
HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Election Returns) MSA T1059
Maryland Manual On-Line
SECRETARY OF STATE (Election Return Abstracts) MSA S1122