2020 TOWN ELECTION
2020 Town Election Information
Due to the ongoing public health pandemic related to COVID-19, the Town Council presented an Emergency Election Plan for discussion at the April 20, 2020 and May 11, 2020 Town Council Meetings. The Emergency Election Plan was endorsed by the Town’s Board of Supervisors of Elections on May 13, 2020. The Emergency Election Plan outlines a vote-by-mail method for the 2020 Town Election, which would mail a ballot to every registered voter within the Town. Completed ballots may be returned to the provided PO Box, or ballots may be placed within a secure drop box at Town Hall by 9:00 pm, on Monday, June 1, 2020. All completed ballots mailed to the PO Box must be received by the Board of Supervisors of Elections by 9:00 pm, on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Each registered voter within the Town of Kensington will receive a 2020 Election packet, which will include the ballot and corresponding documents. We encourage everyone to carefully read the Election Instructions, which will be included within the packet, prior to completing the ballot.
Candidates for Mayor:
Tracey Furman (Incumbent)
Candidates for Council:
Bridget Hill-Zayat (Incumbent)
Jon A. Gerson
A Candidate Forum will be held through the Zoom videoconferencing application on Saturday, May 23, 2020, beginning at 3:00 pm. The Candidate Forum will be by invitation only, with email addresses listed within the Town’s 2020 Directory receiving an invitation to watch the forum live. The Candidate Forum will be posted on the Town’s website on Sunday, May 24 for public view. If you are a Town resident and do not receive a link to watch the forum live by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 20, please email Town@tok.md.gov by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 22 for the link.
The Candidate Forum will be moderated by Sean McMullen and Rob Sachs. The moderators will be accepting questions in advance of the Candidate Forum and must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 22, to the following email: Town@tok.md.gov. We ask that questions be addressed to all candidates and not specific individuals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions through the Zoom Chat feature following the initial question and answer session by the moderators.
If you have any questions about the Candidate Forum, please contact the Town at Town@tok.md.gov.
The Town’s voter registration list includes all residents registered with Montgomery County, Maryland, as of April 27, 2020. If you registered to vote with Montgomery County after this date, you may still register with the Town to vote within the 2020 Town Election by requesting a Registration Form and returning it to the Clerk – Treasurer, Susan Engels, by Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 4:00 pm. You may scan and email the completed form and required identification verification to Susan.Engels@tok.md.gov, fax the information to 301-949-4925, or send it directly to Town Hall by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the following address:
Town of Kensington
Attn: Susan Engels, Clerk – Treasurer
3710 Mitchell Street
Kensington, MD 20895
The 2020 Town Election is a vote-by-mail election that will not require absentee ballots, as each registered voter within the Town will receive an Election packet in order to vote. If you did not register with Montgomery County to vote prior to the Town’s deadline of April 27, 2020, you may register directly with the Town by following the above information (VOTER REGISTRATION), or by contacting Susan.Engels@tok.md.gov.
If you cannot be present at an upcoming Town election and will require an Absentee Ballot, please fill out the Absentee Ballot Application and return it to the Town Offices (3710 Mitchell Street). You must fill out the Absentee Ballot Application in order to receive an Absentee Ballot. The Absentee Ballot option has been superseded by the 2020 vote-by-mail election method.
Every person who is a citizen of the U.S., at least 18 years of age, has resided within the corporate limits of the Town for thirty days, and is registered in accordance with the provisions of the Town Charter shall be a qualified voter of the Town and shall be entitled to vote at any or all Town elections.
Persons may be nominated for elected office in the Town by filing a certificate of nomination, along with a financial disclosure, at Town Hall by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020 — the end of the nominating period.