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TOWN ELECTIONSTown 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 three candidates in the 2018 election, each to serve on the Council for a 2-year term. The terms of Mary Flynn, Scott Fosler and Barney Rush will expire in May. CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITYTo 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 PROCEDURESTo 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 10, 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 CANDIDATESTo be qualified for election, a write-in candidate must file a certificate of candidacy before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 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 DISCLOSUREA 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. Once filed, financial disclosure statements are public documents and are subject to public inspection.CANDIDATES’ FORUMThe candidates will be invited to participate in a moderated forum and dialogue with the community on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. The Election Board will accept questions in advance from Town residents. Please email questions to email@example.com. NOTICE OF CANDIDATESInformation about the nominated candidates will be mailed to all residents 2 weeks preceding 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 ELIGIBILITYTo 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 HOURSThe 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 1, 2018. ABSENTEE BALLOTSAbsentee ballots will be available in the Town office as soon as they are printed, but no later than Tuesday, April 17. 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 1, 2018.ELECTION BOARDResidents with questions on any aspect of the election are encouraged to contact a member of the Election Board:
Mike Lebowitz, Chair, 301-466-1204Chris Wright, 301-656-3307Rob Enelow, 301-664-6430
While voting will continue to be done by paper ballot, the Town has contracted to provide optical scanning and electronic counting of ballots.