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Exercise your right to vote in Rehoboth

July 15, 2016

The municipal election for the Board of Commissioners in Rehoboth Beach is being held Saturday, Aug. 13. My name is Richard Perry and I am running for commissioner again this year. I am a homeowner and a full-time resident of Rehoboth Beach. I care about our city and I know you do too.

We are now less than four weeks away from what is a watershed election opportunity in Rehoboth Beach. My efforts to bring thoughtful, common-sense, logical approaches to governing our city began last year. Citizen involvement is critical to accomplishing that objective. That is why, just as I did last year, I continue to encourage the citizens of Rehoboth Beach to become involved in our government and to make your voices heard. One of the most important ways for you to become involved and to make your voices heard is in the voting booth - and that includes voting by absentee ballot.

I believe it is important for everyone to know when, where and how they are able to vote. This is especially important this year inasmuch as we have at least 297 newly registered voters in the city since last year’s election. Many of you may never have voted in our municipal elections before. You may also not realize that if you fail to vote in two consecutive contested elections for the board of commissioners, the city will remove you from the voter registration list.

Voting in person takes place Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department, 219 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.  (Voting is not being held in the Convention Center this year due to the construction of the new City Hall.)

You can also vote by absentee ballot. You must obtain from the city and complete a written affidavit for absentee ballot. You can request the affidavit at City Hall or ask the city to mail you an affidavit. You can also download it from the city’s website at www.cityofrehoboth.com. The last day for submitting an affidavit is noon, Friday, Aug. 12, which is also the deadline for submitting your absentee ballot to the city. 

However, the last day the city will mail an absentee ballot to you after receiving your completed and approved affidavit is Tuesday, Aug. 9.  It is important to keep that date in mind if you intend to get a ballot in time to return it to the city before noon Aug. 12. You can also go to City Hall (open weekdays and Saturday mornings), complete an affidavit, have it notarized at City Hall, and, then, immediately complete and submit your absentee ballot while at City Hall. You can find additional voting information at the city’s website at www.cityofrehoboth.com.

I am asking for your support, your help and your vote to make Rehoboth Beach the best community it can be for all of us.

Please exercise one of the most important rights you have as a citizen of Rehoboth Beach and vote!

Richard Perry
candidate for Rehoboth Beach commissioner

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