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Town Election Information

Town election information for 2021

The Town of Slaughter Beach Election scheduled for Saturday, July 3, 2021, has been cancelled. As of the filing deadline of June 4, 2021, two candidates have filed for two open seats making no election necessary. The following two candidates have successfully filed for two open Town Council seats:
Ivan Lanier
Larry Meinert
Each seat is for a two-year term. They will be sworn in at the July Town Council meeting.



Notice of Solicitation of Candidates for Town Council – May 12, 2021

The Town of Slaughter Beach has two seats on the Town Council up for election this year. Each seat has a term of two years.
Anyone desiring to run for one of these two seats must file a Candidate Filing Form stating that they meet all qualifications for office Candidate Filing Forms may be obtained from the Town by calling (302) 424-7659 or emailing Candidate Filing Forms can also be found on the town website Candidate Filing Forms shall be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2021 at the Town’s office located at 357 Bay Avenue, Slaughter Beach, and no Candidate Filing Forms will be accepted after this deadline.

To be an eligible candidate for Town Council you must:
• be 21 years of age or older
• never have been convicted of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude
• have been a citizen of the United States since June 30, 2021 and since January 30, 2021 have been either domiciled in Slaughter Beach or a freeholder (property holder) in Slaughter Beach. 2021 Candidate Affidavit

                                                             ELECTION VOTER QUALIFICATIONS

                                                                       Pursuant to §3.5 of the Town Charter

Any person shall be qualified to vote who, on the date of the election:
1. Is a United States citizen
2. Has attained eighteen (18) years of age
3. Has, for a period of not less for a period of not less than thirty (30) consecutive days immediately
preceding the date of the election has been either:
(a) a freeholder in the Town (a ‘FREEHOLDER’ shall be deemed to include any natural person*
who holds title of record either in his/her own name or as trustee to a fee simple estate or to a
life estate, in and to real property located within the Town boundaries)
(b) domiciled in the Town. (‘DOMICILED’ shall mean physically residing in that place where a
person has his/her true, fixed, and permanent home and principal establishment, and to which,
whenever he or she is absent, that person has the intention of returning; provided however, that
absence from one’s place of domicile for some temporary purpose shall not terminate that
domicile so long as the intention to return to that place remains fixed, certain, and constant during
the period of physical absence).
* Please note that if property ownership is held in an LLC, corporation, or other similar artificial entity, the
property is not held by a “natural person” and individuals with an ownership interest in the LLC,
corporation, or other similar entity would not qualify to vote as freeholders but could still qualify to vote if
they are domiciled in town.
The most recent Sussex County Property Tax records available as of May 1st shall be considered proof of
address for all individuals identified in those records as Slaughter Beach property owners
(FREEHOLDERS.) A Supplemental List of Property Owners will be created for those property owners not
on the Sussex County Property Tax records who can provide the Town with proof of address. The Sussex
County Property Tax Records and the Supplemental List of Property Owners shall be available for review
by property owners in Slaughter Beach. The records will be available at the Annual Town Meeting on
June 6th, the regular Town Council Meeting on June 8th, and on the Town’s website after June 12th, and at
the Town Office every Saturday in June from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm (noon.) Property owners may also
submit a request to the Town via telephone or electronic mail to ascertain whether or not they are listed
on the Sussex County Property Tax records or the Supplemental List of Property Owners. All individuals
whose names are on the Sussex County Property Tax records or the Supplemental List of Property
Owners will be required to provide proof of identity to vote at the election. Individuals whose names do not
appear on the Sussex County Property Tax records or the Supplemental List of Property Owners will be
required to provide proof of identity and proof of residence or ownership at the time of voting.
According to the Delaware State Code, the identification shall be 1 or more of the following items that
individually or together show the identity and address of the person:
1. A current State of Delaware driver’s license or ID card;
2. A uniformed service ID card;
3. Another current photo ID issued by the State of Delaware; U.S. Government; the voter’s employer,
high school or higher education institution;
4. A current utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement, a paycheck or pay advice, or another
type of bill or statement;
5. A lease or sales agreement; and/or
6. Any other documentation that a person can reasonably and commonly accept as proof of identity
and address.
Personal recognition by a majority of the Election Officers in the polling place can attest to a voter’s
identity and address.


                                                                Absentee Ballot Request Instructions

An individual wishing to vote by absentee ballot must request an absentee ballot by filing a affidavit of qualifications with the Town no later than 12:00 p.m., on July 2 (which may be obtained by calling (302) 424-7659 or emailing For those affidavits received prior to 12:00 p.m. on June 24, the Town will mail out absentee ballots. For affidavits received after 12:00 p.m. on June, the individual filing the affidavit will be responsible for picking up the absentee ballot from the Town in person.

General Instructions:

1. You must fill out the affidavit prior to receiving your absentee ballot.
2. Affidavits no longer need to be notarized.
3. Affidavits received after 12:00 p.m. (noon) on June 24, 2021 will not have absentee ballots mailed to them, but they may be attained in person. 4. Absentee Ballots must be received by close of Polls on Election Day. The election will be on Saturday, July 3, 2021. None will be accepted after that.
5. Affidavits may be mailed to the Town at 357 Bay Avenue, Slaughter Beach DE 19963-4909 or emailed to the town at
6. Affidavits may be requested at any time, but ballots will only be mailed out in the case that an election is needed. If an election is needed ballots will automatically be mailed to those who have submitted affidavits.
Special Considerations for Covid-19
On March 24, 2020 Governor John C. Carney modified his State of Emergency to address elections and Covid-19. His modification states that the term “sick, or physically disabled shall apply to and include any such voter who is asymptomatic of Covid-19 infection and otherwise abiding by CDC and DPH guidelines by exercising self-quarantine or social distancing to avoid potential exposure to (and community spread of) Covid-19, and who herself or himself freely chooses to use such qualifications to vote by absentee ballot.” This order is still in effect.  Affidavit for Absent Ballot Town of Slaughter Beach 2020 (3)






Other Information

Board of Election Members:2021 Board of Elections