Election Polls are open from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (absentee ballots will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. the day of the election) for residents to voting for open Council Seats. Voting is usually followed by the Village's Annual Meeting, where the Council votes on the the next year's tax rates and budget, which are typically introduced at the March Council meeting.
The Village of Martin’s Additions is governed by a municipal Charter that provides for a five-member elected Council to appoint an Election Committee (Committee) that operates according to rules and procedures adopted by the Council, pursuant to Section 602 of the Village Charter. The Committee maintains the voter rolls, accepts and makes nominations of candidates for the Village Council, and oversees the annual election. Any qualified voter may nominate another qualified voter or may declare his or her own candidacy.
VILLAGE COUNCIL ELECTION PROCESS
The Election of Council members takes place on the second Thursday in May in accordance with Section 602 of the Charter. Council members are elected to terms of two years. In general, the number of seats open on the Council alternates between two and three seats every other year unless there is a vacancy as provided for in Section 408 of the Charter. All elections are managed by the Committee. The Committee consists of a minimum of three, but preferably no less than five, qualified voter volunteers appointed by the Council. Each year the details of the election cycle for that year are published in the Village newsletter. The Village Council has passed the following Election Rules and Procedures:
Election Rules and Procedures Policy No. 2-16-2A
Action/Adopted: February 15, 2018
Effective Date: February 15, 2018 (May 9, 2018)
Amended: January 17, 2019
The candidate forum was audio recorded, and can be listened to by clicking the link below:
VMA Candidate Forum Audio- April 28, 2019
Here is a link to the the 2019 Election Results:
FROM THE VMA ELECTION COMMITTEE
May 10, 2019
Dear candidates, Council members, and neighbors,
Here are the full results of the May 9, 2019, Council Election for the Village of Martin's Additions:
Richard Krajeck 154 votes
Katya Hill 153 votes
Peter Kahn 150 votes.
The Election Committee congratulates the winning candidates and thanks all three candidates for the positive, courteous community campaigns they ran.
There were 17 votes for write-in candidates, as well: Frank Correl, Peter Glassman, Katie Howard, Susan Kahn, and Jean Sperling each received two votes. Debbie Brown, Hanne Correl, Andrew Kauders, Jackie Polland, Larry Wasson, Paul Weller, and Mike Zielinski each received one vote.
Some residents voted for only one person, resulting in a total of 36 votes not cast, and six ballots were disqualified as invalid because the voter voted for more than two people.
Because the election results were so close, the Election Committee took extra time to double-check the vote counts. We also consulted the Village attorney on Friday morning to make sure that we had correctly handled the ballots where residents voted for more than two candidates.
There was an excellent turnout: A total of 261 voters, an increase of more than 60% over the tally of 162 voters last year. 210 ballots were cast at the polling table this year – more than one voter a minute. VMA residents also completed 51 absentee ballots -- that’s three times the number we had last year, and a truly remarkable 81% return rate on the 63 absentee ballots that were requested during the absentee-voting period.
Our thanks go to Diane Everts and Susan Post, who assisted us as temporary Committee members on Election Day – to the VMA staff, Matt Trollinger and Tina Lurie, for their exceptionally helpful and diligent work in support of all the Election Committee’s mailings, notices, meetings, and logistics – to all the local shops, artists, volunteers, and community groups who so generously participated in the Village Celebration on the Sidewalk on Election Day -- and a special thank-you to VMA’s distinguished weatherman, Keith Allen, who made good on his promise to keep us from getting rained on this year.
Respectfully submitted by the 2019 Martin’s Additions Election Committee:
Marty Langelan (chair), Lauren Shweder Biel, Lorie Mitchell, Halie Soifer, and Jesse Tampio