2020 Town Election
Due to the Coronavirus and out of the safety of all residents and election officials, the Council has postponed the election to Friday, May 29, 2020.
This year the Town will conduct a vote-by-mail election, also known as Absentee voting. A ballot will be mailed to every registered voter in University Park with instructions, self-sealing envelopes and a stamped return envelope. Ballots can be returned via mail or drop box. An exterior, locked drop box will be located at Town Hall. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Residents should expect to receive a ballot in the mail during the second week of May - starting around May 11.
This year’s election will be for the Offices of Mayor and Councilmembers for Wards 1, 3, and 7.
Run as a Candidate
To run for Mayor or Councilmember, residents are required by Town Charter (Article III, Section 302):
- To be at least 25 years of age,
- To have resided in the Town at least 2 years prior to the election, and
- To be a qualified and registered voter in the Town
How to Become a Candidate
To run for the Office of Mayor, complete a Mayor candidate packet (includes petition and Financial Disclosure Statement). Packets can be printed out from the link provided below or contact the Clerk to arrange for one to be mailed. Mayor candidates are required to obtain a minimum of 20 names from qualified voters (per Charter Article V, Section 506(c)).
To run for the Office of Councilmember, complete a Councilmember candidate packet (includes petition and Financial Disclosure Statement). Packets can be printed out from the link provided below or contact the Clerk to arrange for one to be mailed. Councilmember candidates are required to obtain a minimum of 10 names from qualified voters (per Charter Article V, Section 506(c)).
Candidate packets are submitted to the Town Clerk’s office. In order to get a candidate’s name printed on the ballot, candidate packets must be received by 5 p.m on Thursday, April 30.
Wednesday, April 29: If you haven’t already registered to vote in Prince George’s County, this is the last day to register to vote in the Town Election
Thursday, April 30 by 5 p.m.: Last day to register as a candidate where name will appear on the ballot
Sunday, May 24 by 5 p.m.: Last day to register as a qualified write-in candidate