Elections

Nomination Period OPENS on February 15, 2023 12 Noon EST: Applications will be accepted.

Notice: The Town Center Board of Directors has four open positions for Village Board.  Positions start May 1, 2023 and run through April 30, 2025.

Elections Ahead

Elections

Now is the time to get involved with your community! Your ideas and passion will help to improve the quality of life in Town Center and enrich the experiences of all residents. Getting involved helps to bring about change as we advocate for the areas of most importance such as affordable housing, tasteful and imaginative development, expanding diversity initiatives, protecting water quality, maintaining safe roadways and neighborhoods, assisting the arts community and maintaining our award-winning school system.

We need to be relevant, “fired up,” and ready to live up to the values of this amazing planned community that was envisioned by James Rouse and whose legacy we need to carry forward with each successive generation.

Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines…..get in the game, have a voice and help your community.

The Town Center Residential Community Association (TCCA) Board has four positions up for election this year. The term begins May 1, 2023 and ends April 30, 2025. You must be a resident of Town Center to run for election to the Board. Submit your application on-time and let us know why you would be a good candidate.

2023 Election Calendar

February 15: Candidate Application available to download (HERE): Nomination Period Begins

February 15 – March 3 (by NOON): Application period for candidates for Village Board closes.  No exceptions.

March 3 (NOON EST): Deadline to submit candidate applications. Application Period Ends March 3 at Noon EST.  No exceptions.

The application is not complete and accepted without a signed original application and your Candidate’s Statement delivered ELECTRONICALLY to the Village Manager’s Office via email at [email protected]. NOTE: Candidate statements should be in a Microsoft Word format and no more than 150 words.

April 4, 7:15 pm*: Candidates Forum at Historic Oakland and/or via Zoom Meeting if there is a contested election*.

April 20*: Lease Agreement/Voting: If you live in a rental apartment in the Village of Town Center or a condo/townhouse/single family house that you do not own, you must have a copy of a current lease agreement on file to participate in the Town Center Village election. Please email a copy to [email protected] or drop it off at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD no later than Friday, April 20 at 5pm EST.

April 22*: Election Day*

NOTES*:

*If there are fewer or equal candidates for Village Board than there are Board seats there will be no election and all candidates will be deemed elected per TCCA’s By-Laws. In that case, there will not be a Candidates’ Forum and an election will not be held on April 22.*

VOTING*: Can Be Done Three Ways (ONLY ONE VOTE COUNTS):

  1. Online Electronically: an absentee ballot will be mailed to eligible resident. Unique ID numbers will be assigned to complete secure online voting, which closes at MIDNIGHT 48 hours prior to election day April 22 or April 20 at Midnight.
  2. Mail-in/Absentee Ballots: Must be POST MARKED BY APRIL 18 and received no later than April 22 by 12:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044 to be counted.
  3. In-Person: Ballots can be cast on Election Day April 22 in-person at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Voters must show a valid driver’s license or utility bill or rental lease agreement for their condo, townhome or apartment (no exceptions).

If there is a contested election an election newsletter will be mailed to every household and will include an absentee ballot along with a postage paid return envelope. That newsletter will also include instructions for online and/or in-person voting.

We will accept only one form of voting, either online; mail-in; or in person. If multiple votes/ballots are received from the same address, then NO ballots from that address will be counted.

Other COVID-19 restrictions and accommodations may be implemented. Updates will be posted in the NewsFlash and online.

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