Arden Elections (Registration Committee)
Elections in Arden, Delaware are supervised by the Registration Committee. Officers and committee members are elected at the March town meeting. Assessors are elected and the town budget is approved or disapproved in a mailed referendum in November. Trustees are elected for life at specially held elections to fill vacancies.
Election Results, November, 2013: Assessors Election and Budget Referendum Results of November, 2013. Participation was 68% of eligible voters. 175 approved the budget; 168 votes were needed. Assessors elected were in the following order: Brooke Bovard (convener), Denis O’Regan, Tom
Wheeler, Gary Quinton, Bill Theis, Warren Rosenkranz, and Joe del Tufo.
Election Results, March, 2013: Election of Officers and Committee Members in the Village of Arden
Arden Trustee Election Results, February 12, 2013: Eligible voters 346; Votes needed to confirm: 174 (a majority of 346 eligible voters); "YES" votes received 183. The Trustees' choice of Elizabeth Varley as an Arden Trustee IS CONFIRMED. Complete voting results: Approve 183, Disapprove 57, Blank 1. Ballots returned 241. Voter Participation 70%. Click here to see the confirmation letter issued by the Registration Committee.
About the Election of Arden Committee Members and Officers
by Cecilia Vore, Chair, Registration Committee
Committee members serve 2-year terms, and each year half of the committee is up for re-election; most committees elect 3 members in odd-numbered years and 2 members in even-numbered years. For each position up for election, there must be 2 nominees. For example, if a committee has 2 members up for election, they must have 4 nominees.
Town officers serve one-year terms, except for the treasurer, who has a 2-year term (elected in even-numbered years). There is no requirement to have more than one nominee for any town officer position.
Nominations for committees are announced at the January Town Meeting, and additional nominations may be made from the floor at that time. Nominations remain open until the March Advisory Meeting. A sample ballot is then prepared by the Registration Committee and included in the mailing to all residents in mid-March. The election, by secret ballot, takes place at the March meeting. Ballots are passed out at the start of the meeting, but voting can be done at any time during the meeting. If you cannot attend the entire meeting, you are welcome to come and vote, then leave when you need to, or arrive late to vote. Ballots are counted publicly at the Buzz Ware Village Center, usually the following evening, and results are posted on town bulletin boards and on this website.
This sample ballot is for information purposes only. You may not use it to vote, although you may mark a copy, bring it to the election, and use it as a reference. The actual ballots were distributed at the start of the town meeting on Monday, March 25, soon after 7:30 p.m., and were available throughout the meeting. Those who could not attend the meeting could request an absentee ballot by submitting an Affidavit. (See below). Again, this Sample Ballot may NOT be used for voting.
Standing committees and Town Officers for the Village of Arden are elected at the March Town Meeting. The election is conducted by secret ballot. All residents who are 18 years of age and who have resided in the Village of Arden for 6 months prior to the election are eligible to vote at the Town Meeting. Beginning in March 2012, absentee voting had been available for all residents of Arden who cannot vote in person for the following reasons:
- the resident's business or occupation prevents him or her from voting at the Town Meeting. "Occupation" shall include care of a family member.
- the resident will be out of town on election day. This includes military service, college, or vacation as examples.
- the tenets or teachings of the resident's religion prevent participation in the election.
- the resident has a physical disability – either temporary or permanent – which prevents the resident from voting at the Town Meeting.
To obtain an absentee ballot, you must submit an Affidavit for Absentee Ballot to the Registration Committee. You can download the Affidavit for Absentee Ballot by clicking the link below or by contacting any member of the Registration Committee. Affidavits may be submitted any time after Jan 1 until 1 week before the election. Instructions and the deadline for submitting the Affidavit are included on the Affidavit itself. As soon as the ballot is printed (usually the first week in March), you will receive it and must return it either by mail or in person to the town office by 6 p.m. on the day of the election.
Absentee Voting Links
Background: Absentee Voting in Arden Elections
The Act to Reincorporate specifies that the Town Meeting elects committees in March. Until March 2011 the Registration Committees interpreted this to mean that all balloting must take place at the meeting and there could be no absentee balloting. This is consistent with the practice of many other town meeting governments in the United States.
In 2009 there was a concerted effort to introduce absentee balloting for the March elections (with or without an amendment to our Act to Reincorporate) and, during many open debates, the Town Meeting re-considered the issue. The Registration Committee also found some town meeting governments do, in fact, allow absentee voting in certain circumstances. The most common requirement is that the absentee voting is only allowed for an election conducted by secret ballot, rather than by a floor vote, such as the passage of a motion. Since our election of committees and officers is by secret ballot, and following the precedent of other town meeting governments, the Registration Committee – after its initial adamant resistance – was convinced that absentee balloting could be allowed for our March elections, and still comply with the Act to Reincorporate.
In March 2011, the Town Meeting passed a motion instructing the Registration Committee to establish a procedure for absentee voting to be implemented by March 2012. The full text of that motion can be found here in PDF format (and here as a Microsoft Word document).
Absentee voting is now in place for the March 25, 2013, election of committees and officers. See details above.
Nominate someone! Serve on a committee!
If you are interested in learning more about what the committees do, please see "Arden: How It Works." Committees involve a wide variety of interests, skills, and time. Some committees are busy throughout the year, some complete a task or two that are vital to the community, but not too time-consuming. All residents are encouraged to help with the work of keeping our town running by serving on a committee. There is plenty of work to be done: you can contribute to our quality of life in Arden by running for a committee. Newcomers DO get elected and incumbents welcome the opportunity to “pass the baton.” You can nominate yourself, and committee chairs would be grateful if you would.