The Town of Bethany Beach holds an election in September each year for the
selection of Town Council Members for a term of two years. Our
Town Charter and Code provide that at least four council members must be residents and three may be
non-residents. Each candidate is notified at the closing of the sign-up
process that this website
will provide them with space for information regarding their campaign as the
Town website can not provide candidates with space.
How to file as a candidate information
is listed at the bottom of this page.
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Bethany candidates online presence
Voter registration is explained later in this
Absentee voting is available for those who cannot
vote in person.
Previous election results are
You may vote in person by visiting Town Hall any time from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the last three (3) Saturdays in August
(August 17th, August 24th, and August 31st). Saturday hours are also 8:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ask for the official request form (affidavit) for an
absentee ballot, complete the form and return it. You will then be given
your absentee ballot. Mark the names of the candidates of your choice,
following the instructions very carefully, and hand in your ballot then and
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Voting in Person on Election Day
Bethany Beach Town Hall is the polling place, and the election is set
for Saturday, September 7, 2013, from Noon to 6:00 p.m. Be sure to bring
Voting by Absentee Ballot in person (one-step, walk
Voting by Absentee Ballot by mail (two steps)
You must obtain, complete and return an official request for an absentee ballot.
A copy of the
request form (can be downloaded and printed). You can also obtain an
affidavit by calling Town Hall at (302) 537-3771 or by stopping by the
receptionist's window in Town Hall.
Complete and sign the request form and return it to Town Hall, by mail or in
person. When your absentee ballot arrives, complete it with care, follow
all of the instructions, and return it to Town Hall, by mail or in person.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING
THE AFFIDAVIT, PLEASE CALL 302-537-3771 OR SEND E-MAIL TO:
How to file as a Candidate
Anyone interested in running as a candidate for
the Town Council election must file a written Notice of Intention (Application
for Candidacy) in the Town
Manager's Office at Town Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Candidates for the Town Council must meet all the following requirements:
- Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
- Be a U.S. Citizen;
- Not have been convicted of a felony;
- Shall have been, for a period of at least one year prior to the date of
the election, either: (a) a permanent full-time resident of the Town, or (b)
a natural person holding record title to a fee simple or life estate in real
property within the Town of Bethany Beach;
- At the time of filing a notice of intention to seek office, be a duly
registered voter under the provisions of the Town Charter (Section 5.2) and
Voter Registration Ordinance (Chapter 378 of the Town Code). Only natural
persons are allowed to vote in Town Elections and only natural persons, who
are not identified on the Town's tax records as an owner of real estate in
the Town are required to register. Persons may register in person by
mail or at the Town Hall during normal business hours except during the last
30 days before the election. Contact the Town Hall as instructed in
paragraph 6 below;
- File a written notice of intention to seek office at least forty-five
(45) days prior to the date set for the election. Contact the Town
Hall by e-mail at:
email@example.com or at (302) 537-3771 to obtain the form.
Upon the closing of the registration process, candidates receive a letter
from the Town Clerk. This letter provides a draft ballot for the
election. The draft shows the listing of the candidates' names in
alphabetical order. If a change in the ballot is required, please notify
the Town Clerk. In addition to the draft ballot, candidates receive a
memorandum from the Town Clerk regarding the Delaware Campaign Financing and
Disclosure Act. Candidates must complete the form and return it to the
Town Clerk on or before the required date.
Bethany Beach property owners (everyone on the deed up to a maximum of eight
(8) persons are automatically registered and eligible to vote in municipal
If you have lived in Bethany Beach as a full-time resident for six (6) months or
longer, you are eligible to vote in the election regardless of whether you own
property. However, you must register to vote
at least thirty (30) days prior to the election.
Residents may register at Town Hall or request a mailed registration form by
telephone, mail or by e-mail. (Contact information is below.)
Town of Bethany Beach
Town Manager's Office
214 Garfield Parkway
P. O. Box 109
Bethany Beach, DE 19930-0109
Telephone: (302) 537-3771
In order to vote at the polls, appropriate proof of identity (driver's license,
social security card, or other government-issued ID) must be presented at the
time you vote.