Message From Montgomery County, Maryland Executive Marc Elrich
As you may have heard, earlier this week, Governor Hogan announced that the State could move to Phase 3 of reopening. The Governor’s announcement was both surprising and disappointing because it was not in line with the careful, measured approach we are taking to the COVID-19 health crisis in Montgomery County. Local governments continue to be able to decide whether they will further relax restrictions, and we are reviewing what may be possible.
Although I want to see our community reopen as quickly as possible, we also must proceed with care. We will continue to follow the data and science in Montgomery County, as we have done every day throughout the pandemic. We are averaging about 70 cases of positive tests per day, which is concerning because the count is higher than a few weeks ago. Because we did not receive advance notice of the Governor’s decision, we are currently reviewing the situation to determine the best way forward for our residents and businesses while protecting the public health.
Earlier this week, I launched the community component of our Reimagining Public Safety initiative as the Reimagining Public Safety task force held its first meeting with community members and County and agency staff members. The task force will provide recommendations that will be focused on building a more equitable and inclusive County by promoting safe neighborhoods and communities. I was impressed by the participants’ experience and their willingness to contribute their expertise and ideas to help this effort. You can learn more about this initiative: Click Here.
You likely received an application for a mail-in ballot this week. Please request the mail-in ballot – you can return the paper application or you can request a ballot online.
You can also check online whether your request was received by Clicking Here. Please note that you have to enter your name and birthday to get to the screen where you can check whether your application was received. If you have requested a ballot online and mailed in an application, that’s okay. You will only receive one ballot, but you do not need to do both.
People should start receiving their ballots at the end of September. You will then be able to mail it back or you can drop it off at a secure and safe drop box. There will be about 40 drop boxes located around the County. There will be in-person early voting and election day voting, but the number of locations will be greatly reduced from traditional years. So the safest, easiest way to vote will be by using the mail-in ballot.
When reviewing your application for a ballot, be sure to request the ballot by mail, not the internet/email link—unless you absolutely need it. The internet/email ballot requires two people to hand copy it to a ballot that can be scanned. That is enormously time consuming and challenging with physical distancing.
As Labor Day Weekend approaches, I want to wish everyone a happy Labor Day and ask that you take some time to honor our workers and the union movements that have fought for worker rights. I also want to thank the many dedicated workers around the County who are helping keep us safe and healthy and who are educating our students. We need to thank the nurses, doctors, paramedics, police officers, firefighters bus drivers, custodians, garbage collectors, grocery workers, teachers and many more who are facing great challenges, but continue to do their work amidst this pandemic.
This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.
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