Town Council Election
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.
About the Council
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.
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. Now you can register on-line if you visit the Miami-Dade County Elections website, voter registration page Opens in New Window . If you will be unable to go to the polls on the day of the Town election, vote-by-mail ballots may be requested by calling the Miami-Dade County Elections Department at 305-499-8444, or on-line when you visit the county’s elections website, vote by mail page Opens in New Window . Mail ballots must be returned no later than 7:00 p.m. of the day of the election.
Running for Council
If you wish to become a candidate for a Town Council seat contact the Interim Town Clerk at 305-866-6241 or by emailing Alba L. Chang. To qualify you must be a registered voter in the town and have been a Bay Harbor resident for at least 1 year.
Qualifying begins Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, March 6th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. For a quick summary on how to qualify follow the link below.
The Town’s two precincts are combined in one location for our municipal election. The polling place is located in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Town Hall at 9665 Bay Harbor Terrace. Remember to bring your voter’s card and official photo identification with your name, address and signature (such as a driver’s license).
The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will take their oath of office at the Council Meeting to be held in April 2020.
About the Candidates
Each candidate will provide a profile that will be published in the Town’s Newsletter and the website.
The Bay Harbor Islands will schedule a Candidate Forum the Thursday before the election or whenever the candidates and the League of Women Voters are available. This year Candidate’s Forum has been schedule for Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Interim Town Clerk, Alba L. Chang, 305-866-6241, or email Alba L. Chang.
Due to novel coronavirus COVID-19 concerns in our community, the Federal Government; State Government, Center of Disease Control (CDC), Health Department, and Miami Dade County have implemented strict guidelines in order to stop / slow the disease, one of which includes local gatherings of more than 10 individuals. It is the intent of the Town Council to protect the safety and welfare of the its residents.
On March 19th, 2020, the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, Town Council, held an Emergency Special Meeting and with the recommendation of the Town’s Supervisor of Elections and the Miami Dade County Supervisor of Elections unanimously approved an emergency ordinance changing the date of the Town’s General Elections scheduled for April 7th, 2020 to August 18th, 2020.
There are currently three (3) Candidates that have qualified for the Town’s General Election to be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020.
The three candidates are:
* Joshua Fuller
* Roger Santana
* Elizabeth Tricoche
All residents who are registered voters are urged to come to Town Hall on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast votes and choose two of the candidates to fill the open seats on August 18th