2013 City Election | Everyone Counts
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Everything You Need to Know about the November 5, 2013 City Election:
- Early Voting
- 2013 Sample Ballots
- New in 2013
- Nominating Caucus
- 2013 Election Calendar
- Voter Registration for Information
- Absentee Ballots
- Election Judges
- Election Day
- Write-In Candidates in the Election
- Instant Runoff Voting in City Elections
For additional information about any facet of the election, contact the City Clerk’s Office at Clerk@takomaparkmd.gov or by calling 301-891-7267 or 301-891-7214.
Early voting will take place at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, as follows:
- Wednesday, October 30, 2 pm - 8 pm
- Thursday, October 31, 2 pm - 8 pm
- Friday, November 1, 2 pm - 8 pm
- Saturday, November 2, 10 am - 4 pm
- Sunday, November 3, 12 pm - 4 pm
Review the sample ballot for your ward. The candidate for Mayor is included in each ward ballot. These are sample ballots that are provided as a conveince to voters to view in preperation for voting in person. These are NOT official ballots.
In 2013, the Takoma Park City Council amended the City Charter to update Takoma Park’s voting and election laws. The amendment expanded the right to vote in City elections to 16 and 17 year old residents and to residents who have been convicted of a felony but have completed serving any court-ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction.
Residents of Takoma Park who are not United States citizens have been eligible to register and vote in City elections since 1993.
The Nominating Caucus will convene at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1 in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium - 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, to accept nominations of candidates for Mayor and City Council for the November 5, 2013 City of Takoma Park Election.
NOTE: While open to the public, only registered voters of the City may participate in the meeting.
Nominations of candidates for Mayor shall be made on motion by any qualified voter of the City, and if such nomination is seconded by a qualified voter of the City, the person so nominated shall be considered a candidate.
Nomination of each candidate for Councilmember shall be made on motion of any qualified voter of her/his ward, and if such nomination is seconded by a qualified voter of his/her ward, the person so nominated shall be considered a candidate. Any nominated candidate may decline a nomination during the nomination meeting. A person may only accept a nomination of one City office. The name of each eligible person nominated for the office of Mayor and Councilmember shall be placed upon the official ballot unless he/she shall file a declination with the City Clerk within three (3) days after his/her nomination. Any person nominated as a candidate must meet the qualifications of the office for which she/he is nominated.
Please visit the 2013 Election Information for Candidates page for important information for candidates.
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm - Nominating Caucus
Friday, October 4, 5:00 pm - Deadline for candidates nominated at Caucus to withdraw. Declination must be filed in writing with the City Clerk's office.
Tuesday, October 15 - Voter Registration through the Montgomery County Board of Elections closes. Takoma Park residency must be met by Tuesday, October 15 in order to vote in the election.
Wednesday, October 16 - Same day (in person) voter registration begins in the City Clerk’s Office and continues through Election Day.
Friday, October 25, 5:00 pm - Candidates’ Initial Campaign Contribution Reports due to City Clerk - to include contributions received since the last preceding election to fill the office for which the candidate is running.
Tuesday, October 29, 4:00 pm - Last day to make application for regular absentee ballot
Wednesday, October 30 - Early voting begins. Voters wishing to vote by absentee ballot must pick up the ballot in person.
Friday, November 1, 5:00 pm - Any write-in candidate for Mayor or Councilmember who wishes to be pre-registered as a write-in candidate and to have his/her name posted in the voting booth for the purpose of identifying him/her as a candidate for office, must file his/her name with the City Clerk by this deadline.
Sunday, November 3 - Last day of early voting.
Tuesday, November 5, ELECTION DAY - Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center. Absentee ballots must be received by the City Clerk prior to the closing of the polls.
Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 pm - Special meeting of the City Council to receive the certification of the election results.
Monday, November 18, 7:30 pm - Inauguration - Mayor and Councilmembers take office.
The next City of Takoma Park election is November 5, 2013. Are you eligible to vote?
You may register to vote in City of Takoma Park elections if:
- You are resident of the City of Takoma Park;
- You are at least 14 years old (you may vote in Takoma Park elections when you are 16);
- You do not claim the right to vote elsewhere in the United States;
- You are not be under guardianship for mental disability or if you are, you have not been found by a court to be unable to communicate a desire to vote;
- You have not have not been convicted of buying or selling votes;
- You have not been convicted of a felony or, if you have, you have completed serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment (you may register if you are serving a term of parole or probation for the conviction).
However, you are not eligible to register to vote if:
- You have been convicted of a felony and are actually serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment for the conviction.
- You are under guardianship for mental disability and a court of competent jurisdiction has specifically found by clear and convincing evidence that the individual cannot communicate, with or without accommodations, a desire to participate in the voting process.
- You have been convicted of buying or selling votes.
City residents eligible to vote in Takoma Park elections but not eligible to register with the State of Maryland may use the Takoma Park Voter Registration Application. Typically, this includes residents who are not United States citizens or who are under supervision or on parole due to a felony conviction. Residents who are not yet 16 but wish to prepare for voting in Takoma Park elections may register using the City form once they are 14 years of age.
- City of Takoma Park Voter Registration Application (English) (PDF)
- City of Takoma Park Voter Registration Application (Spanish) (PDF)
NOTE: If you register to vote using the Takoma Park Voter Registration Application, you may vote in City of Takoma Park elections only. You may not vote in school board, county, state or national elections.
Most residents are able to register using the Maryland Voter Registration Application, which will also register you to vote in state and national elections. Generally, you may register using the Maryland Voter Registration Application as long as you meet all of these conditions:
- You are a U.S. citizen;
- You are at least age 16;
- You do not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and
- You are not incarcerated or under supervision due to a felony conviction.
General Registration Information – November 5, 2013 City of Takoma Park Election. To vote in the city election on November 5, a voter must be a qualified voter of the City of Takoma Park and must have resided within the corporate limits of the City of Takoma Park for 21 days immediately preceding the election. Voter registration through Montgomery County closes on Tuesday, October 15. After this date, you may register at the City Clerk’s Office up to and including the day of the election. Takoma Park residency must be met by Tuesday, October 15 in order to vote in the city election on November 5, 2013.
For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 301-891-7267 or send an email to Clerk@takomaparkmd.gov.
Any registered voter may vote by mail.
Regular Absentee Ballot. Registered voters may request an application for a regular absentee ballot from the City Clerk. Applications are now being accepted. Completed applications must be filed with the Clerk by 4 p.m., October 29. Upon verification of a voter’s eligibility, an absentee ballot will be issued—either by mail or in person. The completed ballot must be received by the Clerk prior to the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Application for Absentee Ballot
Late Absentee Ballot Requests. Beginning October 30 and continuing through November 4, on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., voters may apply in person for a late absentee ballot and may vote on site if they wish. If the applicant cannot apply and vote in person, he or she may designate in the application a registered voter of the City to act as agent in picking up and delivering the ballot (candidates and their families may not act as agents). The application must be completed and filed with the City Clerk prior to issuance of a ballot to the agent. As with regular absentee voting, a ballot cannot be issued until the voter’s eligibility has been established, and the ballot must be returned to the City Clerk prior to the closing of the polls on Election Day.
The Takoma Park Board of Elections is seeking qualified voters to serve as election judges. This year, there will be a variety of opportunities for early voting judges, election day judges, and election day closing judges. For more information please call 301-891-7214. The deadline for applications is October 4, 2013.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 is Election Day. The election will be held at the Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, 7500 Maple Avenue. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
City elections are nonpartisan, and no party labels will be displayed on the ballot. Write-in votes are permitted in city elections. A voter may write-in the name of any [candidate] person for the office of Mayor or Councilmember in the method provided by the City Clerk on Election Day.
Any write-in candidate for Mayor or Councilmember who wishes to be pre-registered as a write-in candidate and to have her/his name posted in the voting booth for the purpose of identifying her/him as a candidate for office, must file her/his name with the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election.
Any person nominated or presenting herself/himself as a write-in candidate must meet the qualifications of the office for which s/he is nominated. A person whose name appears on the ballot may not register as a write-in candidate, and a person may only register as a write-in candidate for one office in any election.
- Instructional video about instant runoff voting in Takoma Park (Your Vote Counts: Introduction to IRV)
The City Council amended the City Charter in 2006 to adopt an instant runoff voting system for elections. Voters will have the opportunity to rank candidates by order of choice. The candidate receiving a majority of votes for Mayor shall be declared elected. The candidate for Council receiving a majority of votes in each ward shall be declared elected.
The first choice marked on each ballot shall be counted initially as one vote. If any candidate receives a majority of the first choices, that candidate shall be declared elected.
If no candidate receives a majority of first choices, the judges of election shall conduct an instant runoff consisting of additional rounds of ballot counting. In every round of counting, each ballot is counted as one vote for that ballot’s highest ranked advancing candidate. “Advancing candidate” means a candidate for that office who has not been eliminated. A candidate receiving a majority of valid votes in a round shall be declared elected.