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According to the City Charter, a Special Recall Election must be held if more than 25% of the registered voters of the district (or in the case of at-large seats or the mayor, the city) sign a petition calling for the recall of a City elected official. The Recall Election must take place within 30 days of the petition being certified by the Board of Elections. A recall petition to recall the District 2 Councilmember was presented to the City in November and certified by the Board on November 21, 2017. The Special Recall Election is scheduled for December 19, 2017 to determine if Councilmember Diane Polangin should be recalled from office.
Only registered voters of District 2 (A & B) are eligible to vote in this election.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on December 19, 2017.
If a majority of the District 2 voters vote yes to recall Councilmember Polangin, she will be removed from office and another election will be held in 60-90 days to fill the vacancy. If a majority vote no on the question of recall, Councilmember Polangin will remain in office.
A recall election allows voters to directly vote on whether or not to remove an elected official from office.
There are two polling locations.
District 2A (Polling location: Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Drive):
District 2B (Polling location: Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive)
Use our address lookup tool to find out if you live in District 2, and eligible to vote in the Special Election.
On election night, the City of Bowie will share the preliminary results as soon as possible on election night on the city website, on social media, and on the government channel. The results are not final until certified by the Board of Elections.
Any qualified voter of District 2 may vote as an absentee voter in the Special Recall Election. The Absentee Ballot Application for the Special Recall Election on December 19 is available to print at www.cityofbowie.org/election. The application must be mailed or delivered in person by the voter or the applicant's authorized agent no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Completed absentee ballots must be returned by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.