Election Information

The town commission is composed of five members and are elected to staggered four year terms. The commission annually elects one of its members to the office of mayor, and vice-mayor. The commissioners are unpaid except for reasonable and necessary expenses. There are no limits to the amount of times a person may become a member of the commission, the mayor, or the vice mayor. However, candidates must re-enter the election process from the beginning when their terms expire.

Upcoming Elections

Seats up for election: 2
Qualifying Period Begins: June 18, 2018
Qualifying Period Ends: Ends June 22, 2018
Primary Election Voting Day: August 28, 2018 voting locations open from 7AM to 7PM
General Election Voting Day: November 6, 2018 voting locations open from 7AM to 7PM


Commission Election Process

The town commission’s election process begins with a qualifying period, is followed by a primary election, and is completed with a general election. Special elections are held when vacancies occur and meet specific criteria detailed in the Town’s municipal code.

Prerequisites to Run for Town Commission

There are three prerequisites to run for the town commission:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Be a resident in the Town of Sewall’s Point
  3. Be a registered, qualified voter in the Town of Sewall’s Point

Qualifying Period

A qualifying period happens before the primary election to ensure that all potential candidates have the proper paperwork completed to run for the town commission. Potential candidates must submit all paperwork with the Town Clerk who is the qualifying officer for elections before being able to participate in the election process.

The next occurring qualifying period begins June 18, 2018 and ends June 22, 2018.

Primary Election

A primary election is only held when the number of candidates is greater than twice the number of vacancies up for election. The primary election serves to reduce the number of initial candidates to double the amount of vacancies for voting in the general election.

For example:

 # of Candidates  # of Vacancies Twice the # of Vacancies  Will There be a Primary Election?
 5  2 4  Yes, because 5 is greater than 4
 6  3  6  No, because 6 is not greater than 6
 1  1  2  No, because 1 is not greater than 2

The next occurring primary election voting day will be on August 28, 2018 with voting locations open from 7AM to 7PM.

General Election

A general election will be held if the amount of candidates is greater than the number of vacancies up for election. If there are an equal number of candidates and vacancies, the vacancies will automatically be filled by the candidates and there will be no general election.

# of Candidates # of Vacancies Will There be a General Election?
3 2 Yes, because 3 is greater than 2
2 2 No, because 2 is equal to 2

The next occurring general election voting day will be on November 6, 2018 with voting locations open from 7AM to 7PM.

Special Election for Vacancies

Special elections are held when a vacancy occurs in the town commission and matches a certain set of criteria detailed in the municipal code.

Length of Unexpired Term Upcoming General Election Will There be a Special Election?
Greater than or equal to 6 months Greater than or equal to 3 months away Yes, within 90 days of the vacancy
Greater than or equal to 6 months Less than 3 months away No, the vacancy will be filled in the upcoming general election
Less than 6 months Anytime No, unexpired terms of less than 6 months are not filled