early voting

Campaign signs litter the landscape during early voting outside of the Gull Creek community, last week.  

(Nov. 2, 2018) Election Day: it’s less than one week away.

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to cast ballots in several elections —Worcester County Commissioners, Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland State Senate, and in gubernatorial and congressional contests.

Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias has competition from District 38C Del. Mary Beth Carozza, a Republican, for the District 38 Senate seat.

In local delegate races, Del. Charles James Otto, a Republican, is running against Democratic challenger Kirkland J. Hall, Sr. in the race for District 38A. Ocean City Councilman Wayne Hartman is vying for the 38C seat, but has some competition from write-in candidate Ed Tinus. Both are Republicans. 

Four seats are up for grabs on the Worcester County Commissioners, with all the incumbents on the Republican side and all the challengers representing Democrats. 

Incumbent Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw and his opponent Joshua Nordstrom are vying for the District 1 seat.

District 2 Commissioner Diana Purnell is running unopposed.

Berlin Town Councilman Zackery Tyndall is challenging Commissioner Bud Church for the District 3 seat.

Commissioner Ted Elder and former commissioner Virgil Shockley are vying for the District 4 seat.

Current Commissioner Chip Bertino and retired laboratory scientist Judy Butler are facing off in the race for the District 5 seat.

District 6 Commissioner Madison “Jim” Bunting and District 7 Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic are each running unopposed.

This election cycle’s referendum question asks voters whether they are for or against a constitutional amendment for funding as “the State Constitution currently authorizes video lottery operation licenses for the primary purpose of raising money for public education.”

Another question asks voters whether they are for or against same-day voter registration at polling places on Election Day.

In the separate Ocean City municipal election, voters will decide who will fill three open seats on the City Council. Incumbent Matt James is running for reelection and Council President Lloyd Martin is seeking his fifth term. Insurance company president Emily Nock, Ocean City Police Sgt. Mark Paddack and businessman and part-time legislative assistant Christopher Rudolf are also running for seats on the council. 

Hartman’s campaign for delegate left a vacancy on the council. 

The incumbent mayor, Rick Meehan, also is running for reelection against former councilman Joe Hall II.

Resort voters also are being called on to decide a referendum question on whether the firefighter’s union, IAFF Local 4269, should be able to pursue binding interest arbitration if it reaches an impasse with the City Council’s negotiators in the collective bargaining process.

Voting for the local Ocean City election also will take place in the convention center. There two halls: A & B. A representative from the convention center said someone would be on site to assist voters in finding their correct polling locations.

Ocean City will offer free bus rides from 6:20 a.m. to 11:35 p.m. on Election Day. Buses will run every 15 minutes on Coastal Highway. They will stop at 39th and 42nd streets northbound and 41st Street southbound, which are the closest to the convention center

On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Find your designated polling place by visiting the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website at https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch.

• District/precinct 1-1: Pocomoke Community Center, 1410 Market St., Pocomoke City, MD 21851. Call the center at 410-957-4200 for more information.

• District/precinct 1-2: First Baptist Church, 5912 Taylor Landing Road, Girdletree, MD 21829. Call the church at 410-632-1153 for more information.

• District/precinct 2-1: Shiloh United Methodist Church, 2655 Worcester Highway, Pocomoke City, MD 21851. Call the church at 410-957-0197 for more information.

• District/precinct 2-2: Snow Hill Middle School, 522 Coulbourne Lane, Snow Hill, MD 21863. Call the school at 410-632-5240 for more information.

• District/precinct 2-3: Newark Volunteer Fire Company, 8338 Newark Road, Newark, MD 21841. Call the fire company at 410-632-3980 for more information.

• District/precinct 2-5: Stephen Decatur Middle School, 9815 Seahawk Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Call the school at 410-632-3400 for more information.

• District/precinct 3-1: Ocean City Elementary School, 12828 Center Drive, Ocean City, MD 21842. Call the school at 410-632-5370 for more information.

• District/precinct 3-2: Ocean City Lions Club, 12534 Airport Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Call the organization at 410-603-6457 for more information.

• Districts/precincts 2-4 and 3-3: Berlin Intermediate School, 309 Franklin Ave., Berlin, MD 21811. Call the school at 410-632-5320 for more information.

• District/precinct 4-1: Snow Hill Elementary School, 515 Coulbourne Lane, Snow Hill, MD 21863. Call the school at 410-632-5210 for more information.

• Districts/precincts 4-2 and 4-3: Buckingham Elementary School, 100 Buckingham Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Call the school at 410-632-5300 for more information.

• District/precinct 4-4: Showell Volunteer Fire Department, 11620 Worcester Highway, Showell, MD 21862. Call the fire department at 410-352-5916 for more information.

• District/precinct 5-2: The Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Call the library at 410-208-4014 for more information.

• District/precinct 6-1: The Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD 21811

• Districts/precincts 5-1 and 6-2: Showell Elementary School, 11318 Showell School Road, Berlin, MD 21811. Call the school at 410-632-5350 for more information.

• District/precinct 6-3: Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, 10709 Bishopville Rd, Bishopville, MD 21813. Call the fire department at 410-352-5757 for more information. 

• District/precinct 7-1: Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842

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