Town elections are held on the first Monday in May every year. On even-numbered years the mayor and two councilmembers are elected. On odd numbered years three councilmembers are elected. All elected officials have a term of two years. The elected mayor and councilmembers take office at the Town Council meeting following the election, one week from election day.
In 2018 the election is scheduled for Monday, May 7 and will be for the mayor and two councilmembers. Voting is at Penn Place in the Post Office lobby, and polls are open from 7:00 am until 7:30 pm. A meeting at which candidates can be nominated will be held in Town Hall on March 28 at 7:30 pm, and there will be a Candidates Forum in Town Hall on April 25 at 7:30 pm.
Qualifications of voters
Every person who (1) legally resides within the corporate limits of the town on the day he or she registers to vote and continuously thereafter until casting his or her vote in any Garrett Park election, (2) is at least eighteen years of age, and (3) is registered either in the County or in the Town is a qualified voter of the town. Every qualified voter of the town is entitled to vote in all town elections, whether or not they are a citizen of the United States.
It is the policy of the Town that all eligible voters shall be provided with an opportunity to vote. Qualified persons may register by universal registration with either Montgomery County or the Town, or may register only with the Town, including residents who are not citizens of the United States, up to and including election day. Voters may register at any time that the Town office or the polls are open as well as at other times or places that the election judges may designate. If a person registers with Montgomery County that registration must be for a Garrett Park address in order to vote in Town elections. If a registration occurs with the County less than 30 days before the Town election, the information may not reach the Town by election day. In that case, the voter may register again with the Town in order to vote. A person registering with the Town must present documentation of residency, such as a driver’s license utility bill, or other official document with the resident’s name and a Garrett Park address.
Registered residents may request absentee ballots in person at the Town Office, by mail or by email beginning 60 days prior to the election. The absentee ballot may be sent to the requestor either by mail or email. Absentee ballots are available to a voter at any time that the Town Office or the polls are open and can be picked up and returned by an agent specified by a voter unable to come to the polls. On the day of the election, absentee ballots are available at the polls. All absentee ballots must be returned in hard copy to the polls or the Town Office up to the time of closing of the polls on election day. The absentee voting process is designed so as to protect the privacy of the voter, assuring that the identification of the voter is separated from the vote cast.
Candidates are nominated for elective office at a town meeting in March or by petition signed by ten registered voters and filed in the Town office at least 21 days before the election.
In 2018 the nominations meeting will be held in Town Hall on March 28 at 7:30 pm, and petitions must be returned to the Town Office by April 16.
Candidates for mayor and council members must be citizens of the United States, must have resided in the town for at least one year prior to their election and must be qualified voters of the town. All persons nominated and running for elective office must file a financial disclosure not later than 21 days prior to the Town election.
In 2018 financial disclosures must be filed with the Town office by April 16.
In 2018 the election is scheduled for Monday, May 7 and will be for the mayor and two councilmembers. Voting is at Penn Place in the Post Office lobby, and polls are open from 7:00 am until 7:30 pm.
Voting is by paper ballot inserted in a box, honoring the historic character of the town. The location of the voting and the arrangement of checking in and casting ballots is intended to insure the privacy of those voting. The arrangements provide sufficient barriers to prevent others in the area from hearing conversations between the voters and election officials and to prevent others from observing the votes being cast.
Photography or recording of election activities is not allowed, and, except for Election Judges, the use of phones or other electronic devices by those in the vicinity of the voting area is prohibited. Any attempts to influence or intimidate voters at the polling place are also prohibited. No one may canvass, electioneer, solicit votes or post any campaign material in the polling place or within 50 feet of the entrance and exit of the polling area.