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Town Elections

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Elections are held the Tuesday preceding the first Monday in October of each year. 

All elections shall be held by ballot or voting machine, and in such manner as shall from time to time be directed by ordinance. The Mayor, with the consent and approval of the Board of Commissioners, shall appoint judges of elections in accordance with procedures which may be established by ordinance. Such judges shall conduct the elections and shall keep the poles open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Elections are held at the Old Town Office located at 22 East Main Street, Emmitsburg, MD.

Registration with the Frederick County Board of Elections, by a voter who has been a resident of the town of Emmitsburg for thirty (30) days or more prior to the election in which he/she seeks to vote shall be deemed registered to vote in the town of Emmitsburg. An individual who wishes to vote shall register with the Frederick County Board of Elections in accordance with the regulations established for registration from time to time by the Frederick County board of elections.

All candidates (excluding write-in candidates) for mayor and commissioners shall file written application for candidacy with the town clerk no later than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the date of the election. A write-in candidate must file a certificate of candidacy with the Town Clerk.

The Town Clerk shall give public notice of the day, time and place of all elections. Such notice shall be given in a newspaper of general circulation in the town of Emmitsburg and in an announcement posted on the town bulletin board(s) not less than forty-five (45) days prior to any election.

The Mayor and Board of Commissioners shall arrange for voting by absentee ballot for any qualified voter who is unable to cast a ballot during regularly scheduled hours on election day.

The Town Clerk shall advertise for three election judges and one alternate election judge not less than sixty (60) calendar days prior to a town election. At the first meeting of the mayor and board of commissioners in September, the Mayor, with the consent and approval of the commissioners, shall appoint three persons who are registered and qualified voters in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to act as judges of elections, and one person who is a registered and qualified voter in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to act as an alternate election judge.

Candidates for public office shall disclose all contributions, gifts, services, in-kind contributions or other tangible or intangible items of value which are received by them or by some other person or entity on their behalf and which are provided for the purpose of assisting in the campaign of such candidate. The information required by this section shall be submitted thirty (30) calendar days prior to the election for which the disclosure is being made, and a final disclosure of such information shall be submitted no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the election for which the disclosure is being made. All disclosure statements shall be immediately made available for review by the public. Failure to comply with any of the requirements of this section shall be considered and enforced as a municipal infraction punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).