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Date: Jun 8, 2018

Absentee Ballots May be Requested by Mail, by Phone, Online and In Person

The deadline to request a 2018 Primary Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is June 19, 2018. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Primary Election for online delivery is June 22, 2018.  Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot.

A voter who wishes to vote by absentee may request an absentee ballot:

(1) online for voters with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card;

(2) by submitting a signed application;

(3) by telephone;

(4) in writing; or

(5) in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections. 

To request an absentee ballot application from the Baltimore County Board of Elections, call 410.887.5700 or visit the office at 11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Voters may also visit https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot online, to print an application, or for more information.

If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the Baltimore County Board of Elections must receive the completed absentee ballot application by these deadlines:

  • If the request is mailed, it must be received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • If the request is submitted online or by email or fax, it must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018

If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot online, the Baltimore County Board of Elections must receive the completed absentee ballot application by these deadlines:

  • If the request is mailed, it must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018
  • If the request is submitted online or by email or fax, it must be received by  11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018

If a voter misses the application deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

The 2018 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and the 2018 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Voters can vote in person at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence.  Early voting locations, hours and additional election-related dates and information are available at: https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html   

  • Early voting dates:
    • Primary Election – June 14 through June 21
    • General Election – October 25 through November 1

For more information, please contact Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410.887.5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1.800.222.VOTE (8683) or https://elections.maryland.gov


Team Shelter USA Assessment Cites Live Release Rates, Partnerships and Enrichment Programs

Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) underwent a comprehensive review by one of the country’s top animal shelter consultants, and received high marks for its dramatic increase in live release rates of cats and dogs, which has resulted from an overall transformation of shelter and programming operations.

“I am very proud of our Animal Services staff and leadership, who have embraced a multitude of changes and truly transformed the whole operation into an excellent example of government doing things the right way, for the benefit of our constituents as well as vulnerable animals,” said County Executive Don Mohler. “The ongoing success of our Animal Services function is part of the lasting legacy of former Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.”

The assessment was conducted by Sara Pizano DVM of Team Shelter USA, formerly with the non-profit organization, Target Zero. The report, Baltimore County Animal Services 2018 Progress Report, calls BCAS a “progressive and innovative organization that should be considered a national role model for other municipal shelters.” The review, a follow-up to a 2016 reportalso conducted by Pizano, cites the County’s significant increase in live release rates from 53.4 percent to 89.6 percent between 2014 and 2017, which it hails as “an astounding increase not commonly seen in public shelters in such a short period of time and despite an increase in intake.”

Some areas highlighted in the report for their favorable impact include:

  • enhanced communications and public outreach, with an emphasis on social media
  • a proactive plan to greatly increase access by low-income pet owners to spay/neuter services, and efforts to help people avoid surrendering pets because they need temporary assistance
  • staff development and an expansive program of incorporating volunteers and Department of Corrections inmates into shelter operations and animal enrichment activities
  • excellent partnerships with rescue organizations and regional animal welfare organizations
  • the establishment of a dedicated police unit to handle animal cruelty investigations
  • a successful pilot Trap-Neuter-Return program in partnership with a local non-profit organization, which has decreased stray cat intakes from 2,108 in 2016 to 1,737 in 2017
  • enrichment and behavior interventions that increase adoptability of challenging shelter animals, including indoor and outdoor play areas and a dedicated Behavior Coordinator
  • aggressive adoption efforts that include a full-time Rescue and Foster Coordinator, and the popular Adoption Express Cuddle Shuttle

“My staff and I continue to get good feedback and hear positive results from Animal Services and I commend everyone involved for doing a great job, as reflected in this very positive report,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services Offered to the Public at Baldwin, Dundalk and Baltimore Highlands Facilities

All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services to the public for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20, by appointment only. Many residents actually qualify for free procedures through one of several grant-funded programs. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

  • Spay/neuter procedure
  • First distemper and rabies shots
  • Deworming
  • A County license
  • Microchip

County residents may schedule appointments and find more information about spay/neuter packages, including animal restrictions on the County’s website.

Appointments are available now at the Spay/Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk; at the Southwest Area Park location, located at 3941 Klunk Drive in Brooklyn; and at the County’s main Animal Services location, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted at the facility.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017