On January 9, 2017, WLCA will hold a special meeting to consider changes to its by-laws regarding elections.  If the proposed amendments are approved, then there will not be formal Village elections in years when there are five or fewer candidates for Village Board and/or only one candidate for Columbia Council Representative.

  1. Have the other Village Community Associations adopted similar amendments?

Yes. Six of the other nine Villages have amended their by-laws and only hold elections when the number of candidates is more than the number of open positions (i.e. Dorsey’s Search, Harper’s Choice, Hickory Ridge, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown & Town Center).

  1. In the last five years, how many incontested elections have occurred in Wilde Lake?

Since 2012, there have been four incontested elections.  In other words, there were five or fewer candidates for Village Board and/or only one candidate for Columbia Council Representative. 

  1. What is the cost to administer the Village elections?

The average total annual cost is $4,800 or $16.45 per vote cast. 

  1. Does changing the by-laws mean that the Village will no longer hold elections for Board of Director and Columbia Council Representative?

No.  Elections will be held if there are more than five candidates for Village Board and/or more than one candidate for Columbia Council Representative. 

 

  1. How many ballots were cast in the 2016 Wilde Lake elections?

A total of 317 ballots were cast.  The majority (216) were cast by mail (i.e. absentee).  63 ballots were cast in person on Village election day and 38 corporate votes from Columbia Association were cast.  The quorum was 304.