Denton Town Elections
Have you thought about becoming a member of the Denton Town Government?
In November the town will be having it's annual election. Unless you are new in town, you are aware that the Town's governing body consists of five Council members. Each year one Council person's term expires, and one Council person is elected. The Town will be seeking candidates to fill 1 seat this year. If you've never taken part in the political process before, maybe you'd like to get your "feet wet" first by applying as a volunteer for a position on one of the many boards and commissions which play an important part in running the Town government (Utilities Commission, Board of Election Supervisors, Planning Commission, Road Safety Committee, Historic Review Commission, Board of Appeals, Ethics Board, Parks Board, etc.)
There are many ways this Town can function more effectively and efficiently if you are there to make the difference. For more information on volunteering, call the Denton Town Office and let us know your interests. We'll try to match you up with the area in which you would be most effective.
In the meantime, if you are thinking of running for a council seat, or just making a resolution that this year you will cast your vote, or do a little campaigning for your favorite candidate, please review the following election notices and guidelines to learn important information for the deadlines and the requirements on how the Town election works.
Candidate Petition Packets (24 K)
Financial Disclosure Statement (296 kb)
The Town elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Registration for candidates wishing to run for Council ends 30 days prior to the election date, (please contact the office for the specifics). Candidates must file with the Town Board of Supervisors of Elections a petition signed by at least twenty (20) registered voters of the Town of Denton. The petition shall state (a) the name and address of the candidate, (b) The fact that such person is eligible for election to the office of Council, and (c) that such person wishes his name placed on the ballot as candidate. The petition must be sworn to by the person who files, indicating that he/she is eligible and that the signatures on the petition are genuine. Candidate are also required to file a complete Financial Disclosure Statements. Candidate Petitions without the completed Financial Disclosure Statement will not be accepted. The Petition and Financial Disclosure Statement must be filed by 4:00 PM on the date designated by the Supervisors of Election not less than 30 days before the election date.
Absentee Ballot Request Form ( 21k)
Absentee Ballots are available to voters who meet the following specifications:
(A) any qualified voter in the town who may be unavoidably absent from the Town for any reason on any Town Election Day;
(B) any qualified voter of the town whose disability prevents the voter from being present and personally voting at the polls on any Town Election Day.
A person wishing to vote by an absentee ballot must make their application in writing to the Supervisor of Elections and it must be received in the Town Office: by mail not later than October 21, 2016 or in person on or before November 4, 2016. Once the application requesting for an absentee ballot is approved, the ballot will be mailted to the applicant two weeks prior ot the Election or hand-delivered to the qualified voter if the application is presented in person to the Town Clerk.
All absentee ballot's must be returned to the Denton Town Office, Judges of Elections, at 4 N. Second Street, Denton, Maryland, 21629, before the closing of the polls on Election Day (8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 8, 2016) in order to be considered valid.
Registration to Vote
The law mandates universal registration, which means that if a resident of Denton is registered to vote in the county/state/federal election, that person is automatically eligible to vote in the Denton town election. Therefore, only one registration is required by Denton residents for all elections. If you are not registered, now is the time to do so. Registration applications are available at the Caroline County Board of Election Supervisors office located in the Caroline County Health and Public Services Building at 403 S. Seventh Street, Suite 247, Denton Maryland, for additional information call 410-479-8145. Forms are also available at the Town Office. As the election draws closer, there will be advertisements and articles in the newspaper with all the pertinent information. Please scan the legal notices as you bring yourself up to date on the local news. If you have any questions on the election process, please feel free to call the Denton Town Office, 479-2050, or stop by when you're downtown. Our office is located at 4 North Second Street and we are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Candidates Running for Office
Candidate Running for Office Notice - There are two candidates running for one position on the Denton Town Council for this year’s election.
The 2016 candidates for consideration are:
Walter Keith Johnson
Voting will take place at the New Town Hall located at 4 N. 2nd St., (the former PNC Bank Building) on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM