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The Town’s 2019 election will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Town residents will select two candidates in the 2019 election, each to serve on the Council for a 2-year term. The terms of Cecily Baskir and Joel Rubin will expire in May.
Town elections are governed by the provisions of Chapter 8 of the Town’s Municipal Code and election procedures adopted by the Town Council.
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.
CANDIDATE 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 16, 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.
To be qualified for election, a write-in candidate must file a certificate of candidacy before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 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.
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.
The candidates will be invited to participate in a moderated forum and dialogue with the community on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.
The Election Board will accept questions in advance from Town residents. Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE OF CANDIDATES
Information about the nominated candidates will be mailed to all residents 2 weeks before 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.
To be eligible to vote, residents who are U.S. citizens must be 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. Residents who are not U.S. citizens must be legally authorized to reside in 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 registered to vote with the Town. Voter registration forms for non-U.S. citizen residents are available on the Town website and in the Town office.
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. Voting will be done by paper ballot; however, the Town will provide electronic scanning and counting of ballots.
Absentee ballots will be available in the Town office once they are printed, but no later than Tuesday, April 23. 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. Requests are 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 by 8 p.m. on election day.
Residents with questions on any aspect of the election are encouraged to contact the Election Board at email@example.com. Current Election Board members are Mike Lebowitz, Chair; Chris Wright; and Rob Enelow.