Elections and Voter Registration
own Elections, Candidate Nominations, and Voter Registration procedures are stipulated in Article III of the Town Charter
Town Election Schedule
Town Elections: Results!
Town elections are held on the first Monday in May (For the
2013 Election this will be
May 6th). In even numbered years the voters elect a mayor and two council members; in odd numbered year the voters elect three council members. Elected officials serve two year terms. Polls are open from 7 AM to 7:30 P.M. in the post office lobby, Penn Place, 4600 Waverly Avenue.
Typically election results are tabulated the evening of the Election Day and a swearing-in ceremony and reception is held at the Town Hall. The Town Hall bell is rung before the election results are announced.
Ordinance 2011-01: An Ordinance to Clarify and Reform the Town of Garrett Park's Voter Registration Requirements and Election Procedures
Candidates are nominated for elective office at a town meeting in March or by a petition signed by ten registered voter and filed in the town office at least 21 days before the election
Both U.S. Citizens and non-citizens who are properly registered Town residents may vote in all Town elections.
U. S. Citizens: A Garrett Park resident who is a United States citizen must be registered with the Montgomery County Board of Elections and be included on the county's voter list at the time of a Town election. Information and voter registration forms can be obtained by going to the Montgomery County website. Forms are also available at the Garrett Park Post Office and the Town Office. Registration must take place at least 30 days prior to the election for the voter to be placed on the county's voters list.
Non-U. S. Citizens: A Garrett Park resident who is not a United States citizen is permitted to vote in all Town elections. Non-citizen voters must be registered with the Town at the time of an election. Non-citizen voter registration form may be downloaded from this website. Forms are also available at the Town Office. Registration must take place at least 30 days prior to the election for the voter to be placed on the Town's voters list (April 6th).
Please Note There Are New Procedures: Absentee ballot procedures are stipulated in the Code of Ordinances and on the Absentee Ballot Application Form.
Qualified voters who are unable to come to the polls on the day of the election may apply to the Town Office for an absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots are available from the Town Office during regular office hours (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) until the close of business on Wednesday, May 1st (applications may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the voter). On May 2nd and 3rd, late applications are available from the Town Office in person, or by fax or email, but can no longer be mailed. On Election Day, May 6th, applications for absentee ballots are available from the Judges of Election at the polls. The application makes provision for a voter to designate an agent who may pick up and deliver the absentee ballot on the voters behalf at any time. Upon receipt of a properly completed application, which may be filed in person, by mail, email, fax, or an agent, an absentee ballot will be delivered to the voter in person, by mail, or to the voter's agent. Voters who plan to receive and/or deliver their absentee ballots by mail should be careful to allow for sufficient time for the U. S. Postal Service to deliver the mail. No absentee ballot received after 7:30 pm on Election Day will be opened and counted.