Town council elections are approaching in South Bethany, so candidate and voter registration has begun. Three positions are up for voting in the 2015 election, scheduled for May 23. Terms are for two years. Those council seats are currently held by Tony Caputo, Jim Gross and Al Rae.
Candidate applications are due Wednesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. Forms are available at Town Hall, at 402 Evergreen Road, or may be requested by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling (302) 539-3653.
Town council candidates must be at least 21, a U.S. citizen and never convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude. They must also be qualified and registered to vote in the municipal election. Candidates must be either a resident, a freeholder (for 90 consecutive days immediately prior the election) or a freeholder’s spouse.
A resident is “any natural person who has been physically residing within the corporate limits of the Town for at least nine months, consecutively or non-consecutively, of the 12-month period immediately preceding the date of the election and who is physically residing within the Town on the date of the election.”
A freeholder is “any natural person who holds title of record either in his/her own name or as trustee to a fee-simple estate or a life estate in and to real property located within the corporate limits of the Town.”
The spouse of a freeholder may vote, whether his or her name is on the deed or not.
Absentee ballots are available at Town Hall for any resident unable to vote at Town Hall on election day. Residents must file the written affidavit with the Town by noon on May 22. After receipt of the affidavit, the absentee ballot will be mailed. Both forms may be completed together at Town Hall.