Dover at-large council election to take place at Elks Lodge

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DOVER — Residents can cast their votes for Dover City Council at-large candidates Andre Boggerty, Michael Lewis or LaVaughn McCutchen in the municipal election April 20 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

At its Monday meeting, council voted to follow a staff recommendation to have the polling place for what will be the election’s only contested council race this year at Elks Lodge No. 1903, 200 Saulsbury Road. The three candidates are vying for Councilman Tim Slavin’s at-large seat.

Those interested in casting absentee votes amid the COVID-19 pandemic should first print, complete and sign a request for an absentee ballot, available on the city’s website, under “Elections.” The city clerk’s office cannot accept electronic signatures.

Upon completion of the request form, individuals may either email it to cityclerk@dover.de.us; mail it to City Clerk, P.O. Box 475, Dover, DE 19903; or hand-deliver it to the city clerk’s office at 15 Loockerman Plaza.

If an individual chooses to mail in a request form, the clerk’s office recommends doing so by March 31. This will ensure enough time for staff to mail an official ballot back, so voters can return their ballots before the day of the election.

Anyone who chooses to deliver their completed request form in person will be permitted to cast their absentee ballot at the time of delivery.

All completed request forms must be received by the clerk’s office by noon April 19. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

In accordance with Gov. John Carney’s state of emergency, the qualification of “sick or physically disabled” shall apply to and include any such duly qualified voter who is asymptomatic of COVID-19 infection and/or wishes to self-quarantine or exercise social distancing to avoid potential exposure to (and community spread of) COVID-19 and who herself or himself freely chooses to use such qualification to vote by absentee ballot.

Anyone with questions regarding this procedure should contact the city clerk’s office at 736-7008 or cityclerk@dover.de.us.