News/Announcements

March 30, 2021

Dorsey’s Search Village Elections Info

The petitions for the Columbia Council Representative (CCR)/CA Board of Directors seat for Dorsey’s Search were validated by the Election Committee Chairperson, Ellen Mackey.  Our two candidates for the CCR/CA Board of Directors for Dorsey’s Search are:

Richard Boulton and Marlon Brown

The Dorsey’s Search Community Association (Village) did not receive petitions for the open Board of Directors seats.  The current Board members whose term ends in April will continue their responsibilities on the Village Board of Directors.  This leaves one seat open which was vacated last year.  If you are interested in filling this seat, please contact Ingrid Hatz, Village Manager with a letter of interest.  Her email is:   ihatz@dorseyssearch.org

Please read ALL information.

Instructions on how to receive a ballot, how to return a ballot, and modified in-person voting are published in our Village newsletter.  Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board of Directors wish to keep our residents safe by reducing the amount of contact and social activity among our Village residents.  We encourage you to vote and vote early.

Only one vote per property.  As stated in Seventh Article of the Dorsey’s Search Community Association Articles of Incorporation, “When any lot, unit, share, membership or other interest, as described in Article Sixth above in connection with qualification for membership, is owned or held by more than one members as tenants by the entireties or in joint tenancy……such members shall collectively be entitled to only one vote relative to that lot, unit, share, membership or other interest, and if such member cannot jointly agree as to how that vote should be cast, no vote shall be allowed with respect to such lot unit, share, membership or other interest.”

You must be a Member/resident as of March 1, 2021

How to get a Ballot

Residents/Members may come to the Village Office located at 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD   21042 (Linden Hall) starting Thursday, April 1.  The office will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7am – 3pm.  Please ask for a ballot.  Resident must provide ID.  If you are a tenant, please provide ID and a copy of your lease or a utility bill with your name and address.  Residents are required to vote at that time.  Ballots cannot be removed from Linden Hall.

Residents/Members who do not want to come to the office.  Please request a ballot by calling the Village office at 410-730-4005.  We will mail a ballot and a stamped addressed envelope for easy return.  If you lease a property, please ensure that that you include a copy of documentation (e.g.:  ID showing address and lease or a utility bill that displays your name and the address) when returning ballot.  Remember it is only one vote per property.  Ask the property owner if they are going to vote.

We will have “Modified in-person” polling on Saturday, April 24 from 9am – noon.  Due to the changes in the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on room/building capacity, the Board of Directors will ensure that residents/members may obtain ballots that day.  The staff and election committee will follow all health and safety protocols by requiring:  members entering the building wear masks; a six-foot distance must be maintained between members; limitation of members in the building; disinfecting pens and high use areas.

Returning Ballots

Residents/Members may return the ballot to our office during our operating hours Tuesday—Thursday from 7am—3pm and place the ballot in the ballot box.  You may return the ballot using the external black mailbox located next to our parking lot entrance.  If you decide to mail back your ballot via United States Postal Service, we must receive the ballot by April 24 by noon.  We are not responsible for lost or delayed mail.

All ballots will be verified by Election Committee members and staff.  The Election will close on Saturday, April 24 at noon.  No ballots will be accepted after that time.

Notification of Election results.  The count and winner will be posted on the parking lot entrance door and on our village website at www.dorseyssearch.org after the Election Committee Chairperson has validated the count.