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Posted on: March 2, 2017

Town Council Election 2017

TOWN ELECTIONS
Town elections are governed by the provisions of Chapter 8 of the Town of Chevy Chase Municipal Code and election procedures adopted by the Town Council.

Town residents will select 2 candidates in the 2017 election, each to serve on the Council for a 2-year term.  The terms of Fred Cecere and Cecily Baskir, who was appointed by the Council to complete the term of John Bickerman, will expire in May.  

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for office, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, have resided in the Town for at least one year immediately preceding the election, and be a registered voter of the State of Maryland in Montgomery County.

NOMINATING PROCEDURES
To be designated as a candidate on the printed ballot, a resident must submit a completed nominating petition to the Town office before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, the 3rd Tuesday preceding the election.  The petition must show the consent of the individual to become a candidate and hold office. A petition must contain the signatures of five qualified voters of the Town other than the candidate. Nominating petitions are available in the Town office and on the Town website as a convenience to residents. Nominating petitions are public documents and are subject to public inspection.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
To be qualified for election, a write-in candidate must file a certificate of candidacy before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, the 7th calendar day preceding the election.  There will be appropriate blanks on the printed ballot for the purpose of adding write-in candidates at the time of the election.  

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE
A candidate for office is required to submit a financial disclosure statement at the time the candidate submits a nominating petition or certificate of candidacy, as applicable.  The financial disclosure form is available for review in the Town office.  Once filed, financial disclosure statements are public documents and are subject to public inspection.

CANDIDATES’ FORUM
The candidates will be invited to participate in a moderated forum and dialogue with the community on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. The Election Board will accept questions in advance from Town residents.  Please email questions to townoffice@townofchevychase.org.

NOTICE OF CANDIDATES
Information about the nominated candidates will be mailed to all residents 2 weeks pre¬ceding the election. Notice of the filing of a certificate of candidacy for a write-in candidate will be provided to Town residents within 24 hours of the filing of the certificate.

VOTING ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to vote, a person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, have resided in the Town for at least 30 days immediately preceding the election, and be a registered voter of the State of Maryland in Montgomery County.

POLL LOCATION AND HOURS
The poll will be located in the Town Hall, 4301 Willow Lane.  The poll will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  

ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Absentee ballots will be available in the Town office as soon as they are printed, but no later than Tuesday, April 18.  Any qualified voter may vote by absentee ballot.  Residents desiring an absentee ballot must apply individually in writing (by mail, fax, email or in person) to the Town office.  The requests are considered public documents and are subject to public inspection.

Once an absentee ballot request has been received, the Town will mail or hand deliver a ballot and return envelope to the requestor in a sealed envelope.   The original absentee ballot must be returned in the printed envelope provided by the Town.  To be counted, any absentee ballot must be received by the Town office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

ELECTION BOARD
Residents with questions on any aspect of the election are encouraged to contact a member of the Election Board:  

Steve Lawton, Chair, 301-654-5904
Mike Lebowitz, 301-466-1204
Chris Wright, 301-656-3307

While voting will continue to be done by paper ballot, the Town has contracted to provide optical scanning and electronic counting of ballots on Election Day.

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