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The Town Council has approved an ordinance to adopt an emergency plan for the 2021 Town Council election. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Town will continue a universal vote-by mail system for the 2021 Town election with some changes to protect voter privacy. You may review the ordinance and emergency plan below:
TOWN ELECTIONThe Town’s 2021 election will be held on Tuesday, May 4. Town residents will select two candidates in the 2021 election, each to serve on the Council for a 2-year term. The terms of Cecily Baskir and Joel Rubin expire in May.
Balloting will be undertaken by mail only. Polling stations will not be used, and no in-person voting will be available. At least 14 days prior to the election, the Town’s election service provider will mail a ballot and a stamped return envelope to each qualified voter on the County precinct register and to each non-U.S. citizen resident who has registered with the Town. Ballot envelopes must be post-marked no later than Election Day, May 4, 2021 and must be received by May 11, 2021 in order for the ballots to be counted.
CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITYTo be eligible for office, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years old; 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 PROCEDURESTo be designated as a candidate on the printed ballot, a resident must submit a nominating petition by email to the Town office before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, the 3rd Tuesday preceding the election. The Town will make available a nominating petition to any Town resident seeking election to the Town Council. A candidate for office is not required to use this form, which is available here, but must submit a petition containing the same information on the Town’s form in order for the individual’s name to be placed on the ballot. The nominating petition must show the consent of the individual to become a candidate and hold office, and it must be supported by five qualified voters of the Town other than the candidate. Nominators may indicate their support by sending an email to the Town office. The email should state, “I hereby nominate (name) of (address) as a candidate for the Town Council of the Town of Chevy Chase.” All nominating emails must contain the name and address of the nominator. The Election Board shall verify the qualifications of the nominees and verify the emails submitted to support nominating petitions after 5 p.m. on April 13, 2021. Nominating petitions are public documents and are subject to public inspection.
WRITE-IN CANDIDATESTo be qualified for election, a write-in candidate must submit a certificate of candidacy by email to the Town office before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, the 7th calendar day preceding the election. A Town resident seeking election to the Town Council as a write-in candidate must use the Town’s official certificate of candidacy, which is available here. The printed ballot will include blank spaces to add write-in candidates.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE A candidate for office is required to submit a financial disclosure statement by email to the Town office at the time the candidate submits a nominating petition or certificate of candidacy, as applicable. The financial disclosure form is available here. Financial disclosure statements are public documents and are subject to public inspection.
CANDIDATES’ FORUM The candidates will be invited to participate in a virtual forum with the community prior to the election. The Election Board will accept questions in advance from Town residents. Please email questions to the Town office.
NOTICE OF CANDIDATESInformation 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.
VOTING ELIGIBILITY 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; be at least 18 years old; 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.
ELECTION BOARDResidents with questions on any aspect of the election are encouraged to contact the Election Board by emailing the Town office. Current Election Board members are Chris Wright, Chair; Rob Enelow; and Chris White.