Election controversy Section 202 of the Town Charter requires Council members to have resided in the Town for at least two years immediately preceding the election and to be registered voters of the Town for at least six months preceding the election. The Town receives the list of registered voters from the Queen Anne’s County Board of Elections. The candidate who received the most votes in Monday’s election is currently not listed as a registered voter in the Town of Centreville and is listed as a registered voter in another county. Section 412 of the Town Charter allows the Board of Supervisors of Elections 48 hours to certify the election results to the Town Council. The Board of Supervisors of Elections intends to use the 48-hour time period to figure out the appropriate next steps.
Charter Amendment The results of the Question A have been determined and the results are: 588 votes FOR the proposed Charter Amendment 77 votes AGAINST the proposed Charter Amendment
CENTREVILLE — Centreville voters overwhelmingly endorsed the charter amendment to change the number of town council members from three to five in the Monday, Oct. 7, election, 588 for to 77 against. However, the winner of the town council seat being vacated by Jim Beauchamp has yet to be determined.
Josh Shonts received 374 votes and George “Smokey” Sigler, 288. The handful of remaining ballots did not support either candidate. But with the candidate receiving the most votes not being listed as a registered voter in Queen Anne’s County, the town Board of Supervisors of Elections will have 48 hours to review the results.
Town attorney Sharon Van Emburagh made the announcement shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday.
“A winner cannot benamed at this time,” said Van Emburagh, “as they are listed as a registered voter in another county.”
The Board of Supervisors of Elections has 48 hours to certify the election results to the Town Council.
According to a statement issued by the town, “The Board of Supervisors of Elections intends to use the 48-hour time period to figure out the appropriate next steps.”
Shonts said he had completed the paperwork required by the Board of Elections and was considerably alarmed to find out it that his voter registration was not filed correctly. He said he was not informed of the situation until the morning of the election.
The town charter dictates that a Council member shall be at least 25 years of age, have resided in the town for at least two years immediately preceding their election and shall be a registered voter of the town for at least six months preceding the election.
County Board of Elections attorney Jeff Thompson said he did not think Shonts’ voter registration eligibility been confirmed at the time he filed for candidacy — if it had, this issue might have been avoided, he noted.
Shonts said he had his mail forwarded in July to a Kent County address for personal reasons. The Post Office sent him a card offering to change his voter registration along with his address. Shonts said he called the number on the card and told them not to change his voter registration, but somehow it was changed to Kent County anyway.
Thompson said learned of the inconsistency last Thursday, Oct. 3.
“We did not want to impact the election (with this information),” said Thompson. “To make it fair was for no one on the street to know.”
Thompson said they will make every effort to have the matter resolved within 10 days. He will consult with the state Board of Elections and Kent County.
Voter turnout was slow early in the day, reported election officials, but picked up and by evening had nearly doubled the usual turnout. The total ballot count was 653 plus 20 absentee ballots.