Our annual municipal election takes place on the first Tuesday in April, unless there is a religious holiday or there is a disaster. If you are not already properly registered to vote with a residential address in Bay Harbor Islands, you may obtain a registration form at Town Hall or at any state Driver’s License office. Under state law, the books close to new registrations 29 days prior to the election. If you already have a current Miami-Dade County voter’s registration card with the proper address, you need not re-register. If you are not sure your registration is current, call Miami-Dade County Elections Department at 305-499-8683.
For new voter registration, a resident must be at least 18 years of age and be a citizen of the United States. There is no minimum residency requirement for registration. If you will be unable to go to the polls on the day of the Town election, absentee ballots may be requested by calling the Miami-Dade County Elections Department at 305-499-8444. Absentee ballots must be returned no later than 7:00 p.m. of the day of the election.
If you wish to become a candidate for a Town Council seat contact the Town Clerk at 305-866-6241 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To qualify you must be a registered voter in the town and have been a Bay Harbor resident for at least 1 year.
Each Town Council member is elected by the voters of the Town for a 4-year term of office. These terms of office are staggered so that only two Council members run for office each year (with only one seat open each fourth year). This system provides for stability and continuity in our Town Government. Each Council member receives a salary of $1 per year, which is traditionally donated to a charitable cause.
The Town Council meets on a regular basis, on the second Monday evening of each month. In addition, the Council members spend many hours at various committee, board, and special meetings. By state law, all meetings are open to the public, and members of the community are encouraged to attend meetings to be informed on issues concerning our community.
The Town will hold the next general Election TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017.
APRIL 4TH, 2017 GENERAL ELECTION
ANNOUNCING CANDIDACY: Section 106.021, F.S., states that a person must appoint a treasurer (the candidate may be his/her own treasurer) and designate a depository prior to qualifying for office, obtaining petitions, accepting contributions or making expenditures. However, nothing in this section prohibits a person from announcing his/her intention to become a candidate prior to appointing a treasurer, so long as no expenditures are made in connection with that announcement and no contribution is received.
Please note that a Statement of Candidate must be filed with the qualifying officer (municipal clerk) within 10 days after the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository is filed.
For Town Elections, the qualifying officer is the Town Clerk, Marlene M. Siegel. All forms and reports associated with the Town Election must be filed with the office of the Town Clerk.
The qualifying period to become a candidate starts February 22nd, 9:00 AM and ends March 3rd, 5:00 PM. For more information on qualifying, please click here.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Marlene M. Siegel, 305-866-6241, or by email at email@example.com
For a copy of the candidate packet, please click below or contact Town Clerk Siegel.
Campaign Treasurer's Report