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Elections are held on the third Saturday of each September, unless this day conflicts with either day of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) or Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement). In any year that this occurs, the election is held on the fourth Saturday of September. 

Either two or three members of the five-member Board of Commissioners are elected each year to serve two-year terms. The ballot may also include referenda questions, which usually deal with how the Town raises or spends funds.

Votes may be cast by absentee ballot or by voting machine. 

Town Charter and Code define an eligible voter as a person eighteen years of age or older, who:

  • Is a bona fide resident and domiciliary of the Town of Dewey Beach, or

  • Is an owner of real property within the Town, or

  • Holds a lease for five years or more on property within the Town, provided that the lease is recorded with the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds, or

  • Is both a settler/creator and trustee of a valid trust that is the owner of real property located within the limits of the Town of Dewey Beach. A copy of the sections of the trust document showing the identity of the settler/creator(s) and trustee(s) of the trust and the trust's ownership of the real property, as recorded with the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds, must be on file at Town Hall.

Through Election 2012, persons meeting the eligibility requirements are automatically registered to vote. Effective for the 2013 and future elections, persons not registered prior to the 2012 election must register by submitting evidence of eligibility to Town Hall before or on July 15 of any year.

Eligible voters may apply to Town Hall for an absentee ballot.


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Dewey Beach Charter, Section 10. Manner of Holding Elections

Dewey Beach Code, Chapter 48. Voter Registration and Voting


Dewey Beach Town Council, Minutes. February 11, 2012


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