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City Election Information


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City Election Results

Certified Results of the Takoma Park City Election 2020 are as follows:

Total votes cast: 6,549

List of Write-Ins (PDF)

MAYOR
Roger Schlegel 2386
Kate Stewart 4083
Write-in 29
Mayoral Votes by Ward

WARD 1
Peter Kovar 1403
Write-in 32

WARD 2
Cindy Dyballa 1241
Write-in 69

WARD 3
Kacy Kostiuk 1030
Olly Swyers 502
Write-in 6

WARD 4
Terry Seamens 608
Write-in 9

WARD 5
Sawa Kamara 212
Jarrett Smith 376
Write-in 2

WARD 6
Candidate Total Votes
Talisha Searcy 726
Write-in 14

 

The Information Below was Published Prior to Certification
Election Results 
November 6, 2020, 7:00 PM Update
  • The Board of Elections has tabulated 1,190 ballots today and updated the results below.
  • Excepting those ballots requiring further review, the Board has tabulated all ballots received as of November 5, 2020.
  • The Board has 6,425 ballots received.
  • Mail ballots are still arriving at the post office and will increase this total.
  • Visit Election Results
Election Results 
November 5, 2020, 7:00 PM Update
  • There are no new results to report.
  • The Board of Elections canvassed the ballots on hand and prepared them for scanning and tabulation on Friday.
  • The results below still represent the tabulation of 4,515 ballots received and processed as of November 4, 2020.
  • The Board has 6,425 ballots received (of which 4,515 are counted). These ballots will be tabulated Friday.
  • Visit Election Results
Election Results 
November 4, 2020, 7:00 PM Update
  • The Board has 6,325 ballots currently on hand (of which 4,515 are counted) and will continue to count the ballots remaining.
  • Mail ballots are still arriving at the post office and will increase this total.
  • Results represent the first-choice of voters only.
  • The board will update this page with new results at
    7:00 PM on November 5.
  • Since ballots may be postmarked in the mail on November 3, new ballots may arrive up until November 10 and be counted.
  • Results will be final after the Board of Elections certification
    on November 12.
  • Visit Election Day Results
Live-streaming – November 4: 2020 Municipal Ballots: Intake and Canvass

In an effort to boost trust and transparency in the elections process and vote by mail, the City of Takoma Park is live streaming  2020 Municipal Elections:

City of Takoma Park, Board of Elections Update
November 3, 2020 – 3:30pm
  • The current turn out in the 2020 City Elections is 4,627 out of 13,575 registered voters or 34%.
  • The turn out number reflects ballots that have been received and checked against the voter register.
  • There remain ballots that are in the mail, awaiting to be checked into the register, in City drop boxes and voters still arriving on election day.
  • The Board will provide another voter turn out update after polls close at 8:00pm.
City of Takoma Park, Board of Elections Update
November 3, 2020 – 11:00am
  • The current turn out in the 2020 City Elections is 4,574 out of 13,562 registered voters or 33%.
  • The turn out number reflects ballots that have been received and checked against the voter register.
  • There remain ballots that are in the mail, awaiting to be checked into the register, in City drop boxes and voters still arriving on election day.
  • The Board will provide another voter turn out update at 3:00 pm.
City of Takoma Park, Board of Elections Update
November 2, 2020

As we look forward to Election Day tomorrow, the Board of Elections provides the following update on the process for voting and results announcement in the coming days.

The Board appreciates the enthusiasm of residents throughout the city to vote in this year’s election. The city has already exceeded the total turnout in the 2017 election and is still receiving ballots. Though the primary method for voting has been by mail, on Election Day, an outdoor polling place will be open to voters from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center (7500 Maple Ave) with voters allowed to drive-through and vote or walk through and vote. The city drop box locations, at the New Hampshire Ave Recreation Center and at the Community Center will also remain open until 8:00 pm on Election Day. All ballots mailed and postmarked on or before Election Day will be counted if they are received by November 10.

The Board recognizes that residents and candidates will be eagerly awaiting results from the election and have been processing thousands of mail-in ballots over the past week. The Board will be able to release the first batch of results soon after the polling place closes on Election Day, noting that voters in line at 8 p.m. will still be allowed to vote and could push back the time that results are released. Results posted on Election Day will include those ballots scanned through November 2. As more ballots are scanned and then tabulated, results will be updated daily at 7:00 p.m. on the city website. The final certification will take place on November 12.

For further inquiries, please contact Brian Ernst, Chair, at elections@takomaparkmd.gov.

Best regards,
The Board of Elections

 

Live-streaming: 2020 Municipal Ballots: Intake and Canvass

In an effort to boost trust and transparency in the elections process and vote by mail, the City of Takoma Park is live streaming  2020 Municipal Elections:

 

Mail-In Ballot Information:

These totals are not final until the Board of Election certifies the results of the election. These numbers are subject to change as ballots are processed.

 Ward 1Ward 2Ward 3Ward 4Ward 5Ward 6Total
Sunday
11/01/20
1,0701,0251,0864384045114,534

 

Election Worker Training Manuals

Instructions on completing your Mayor and City Council Ballot:

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Ballots have been mailed. If you don’t receive your ballot you can visit:

  • In_person Voter Assistance starting October 22
  • Email: elections@takomaparkmd.gov
  • Call:  301-891-7267.

In-person Voter Assistance will be available starting on Thursday, October 22 through Tuesday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (extended hours of 7 am to 8 pm on November 3 – Election Day). Location: Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue in the back parking lot. 

Examples of items you may need assistance with:

  • Register to vote
  • I didn’t receive a ballot in the mail
  • Ballot marking systems
  • Questions regarding the ballot
  • Translations
Registered Voter

First, make sure you are registered (Registered with the State or with Takoma Park). If you have voted in any recent election from your home address in Takoma Park, and if nothing has changed, you should be fine. If you have moved into Takoma Park recently, or if you have moved to a different address in Takoma Park, take a moment to confirm or update your registration. Visit TakomaParkMD.gov/elections, email elections@takomaparkmd.gov or call 301-891-7267.

Election by Mail

The City Election will be conducted by mail. In the second week of October, registered voters will be mailed a ballot to be marked and returned to a secure ballot box or by US mail.

PLEASE NOTE:  Ballots have been mailed. If you don’t receive you ballot you can:

  • Attend In-person Voter Assistance from Thursday, October 22 through Tuesday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (extended hours of 7 am to 8 pm on November 3 – Election Day). Location: Community Center – 7500 Maple Avenue back parking lot).
  • Email: elections@takomaparkmd.gov 
  • Call: 301-891-7267
Prepare for the City of Takoma Park Election (and for the Presidential Election)

 Most voter registration is handled by the Maryland State Board of Elections.

  • The most important action you can take to prepare for these two elections is to confirm that you are registered at your current address in Takoma Park.
  • If nothing has changed, and you have voted before at your address, you should be fine.
  • If you have any doubt, or if you have moved in the past few years, confirm or update your registration right away.

If you are not registered, register now. Don’t wait!

Information on how to check your registration is available, visit: Registration and Voting Information on the City website or by contacting the City Clerk’s Office email:  elections@takomaparkmd.gov

Important Dates:
  • Registered voters should receive a ballot in the mail by
    October 20.
  • In-person Voting Assistance starting on Thursday, October 22 through Monday, Nov 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM Election day. (Takoma Park Drive-Through Vote Center for City Election open at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue).

 

 

Quicklinks:

 

Ranked Choice Voting
  • The City of Takoma Park uses ranked-choice voting. When there are multiple candidates, voters may rank candidates in order of choice (1, 2, 3). Follow the instructions on your ballot.
Mayor and City Council

All legislative powers of the City of Takoma Park are vested in a body designated as the Council of the City of Takoma Park, consisting of seven members.

  • Six of these members are elected by ward and are called Councilmembers, and one is elected at large and is called the Mayor.
  • The City is divided into six Wards with one Council Member representing each Ward.
  • The Mayor and Council Members are elected to two-year terms.

City Election Information Sections