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 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/voter-registration.asp. 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. Mail 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 email@example.com. 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 the month, at least ten (10) times per year. In addition, the Council members spend many hours at various committee, board, workshops, 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 next Town Council General Election is scheduled for April 2, 2019.
Two seats on the Town Council will come up for vote in the April 2nd election (Isaac Salver and Robert Yaffe). If you wish to become a candidate for a Town Council seat, file with the Town Clerk during regular business hours at Town Hall after 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 21st and before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1st. To qualify you must be a registered voter and have been a Bay Harbor resident for at least 12 months.
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. Below are the forms needed to be filled out and filed with the Town Clerk, Marlene M. Siegel.
QUALIFYING INFORMATION - Qualifying begins Febrary 21st at 9:00 a.m. and ends March 1st at 5:00 p.m. - Click here for a quick summary on how to qualify.
If you are seriously considering a run for a seat on the Town Council, it is recommended that you read the manual because it contains critical information on how to qualify, elections and campaign laws, town ordinances, etc. FOR A FULL COPY OF THE 2019 ELECTION INFORMATION MANUAL - Please click here.
As of January 16, 2019, Council Members Isaac Salver and Robert Yaffe have announced their candidacy. Click on this link to see the announcement.
Bay Harbor Islands will not hold its annual municipal election on Tuesday, April 2nd, due to a provision in Florida election law [Section 101.151(7), F.S.] that eliminates the need for voting in cases where candidates are unopposed. The candidate is deemed to have voted for himself or herself and is automatically elected.
Only two candidates had qualified to run for the two open seats by the closing of the qualification period. Accordingly, incumbents Isaac Salver and Robert Yaffe are elected to office for four-year terms.
The two candidates will take their oaths of office at the Town Council's annual organizational meeting on Monday, April 8th.