The Town’s 2023 election is Tuesday, May 2. Town residents will select two candidates in the 2023 election, each to serve on the Council for a 2-year term. The terms of Joel Rubin and Joy White expire in May.
Balloting will be undertaken by mail and drop box only. At least 2 weeks before the election, the Town’s election service provider will mail a ballot, a ballot envelope, and a return envelope to each eligible voter. In order for a resident’s vote to be counted, ballot envelopes must either be mailed by May 2 and received by May 9 or placed in the drop box outside the Town Hall by 5 p.m. on May 2.
To be eligible for office, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States; be at least 16 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. (Prospective voters who are at least 16 years old may register to vote with the state although they may not vote in state or federal elections until age 18.)
CANDIDATE NOMINATING PROCEDURES
To be designated as a candidate on the printed ballot, a resident must submit a nominating petition to the Town office before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, the 3rd Tuesday preceding the election. A candidate for office is not required to use this form 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 correspondence submitted to support nominating petitions after 5 p.m. on April 11, 2022. Nominating petitions are public documents and are subject to public inspection.
To be qualified for election, a write-in candidate must submit a certificate of candidacy to the Town office before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 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. The printed ballot will include blank spaces to add write-in candidates.
A candidate for office is required to submit a financial disclosure statement to the Town office at the time the candidate submits either a nominating petition or a certificate of candidacy. Financial disclosure statements are public documents and are subject to public inspection.
The candidates will be invited to participate in a forum with the community prior to the election. The Elections Board will accept questions in advance from Town residents. Please email questions to the Town office at email@example.com.
NOTICE OF CANDIDATES
Information about the nominated candidates will be mailed to all households at least 2 weeks before the election. Notice of the filing of a certificate of candidacy for a write-in candidate will be announced by email within 24 hours of the filing.
To be eligible to vote, residents who are U.S. citizens must be at least 16 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 16 years old; have resided in the Town for at least 30 days immediately preceding the election; and be registered to vote with the Town. A voter registration form for non-U.S. citizen residents is available here.
ELECTION RESULTS & ELECTIONS BOARD
Election results will be announced after 5 p.m. on May 9, and the new Council will meet on May 10. Current Elections Board members are Kirk Renaud, Chair; Karen Elkins; and Grant Davies. Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.