(Oct. 2, 2020) As October begins, so does the race to become an Ocean City elected official, and future mayor and City Council hopefuls have until next Tuesday to file for this year’s election, scheduled for Nov. 3.
Voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.
Up for reelection this year are Mayor Rick Meehan and Councilmembers Dennis Dare, Tony DeLuca, John Gehrig and Mary Knight.
Of the five, only DeLuca and Gehrig have filed for reelection.
Challenging the incumbents are three political newcomers: Peter Buas, Dan Hagan and Nicholas Eastman.
Hagan originally filed to run for mayor, but recently decided to run for council, instead.
City Clerk Diana Chavis said while she knew of Hagan’s intentions, he had not filed the proper paperwork as of Wednesday.
This year’s election will look slightly different, as each eligible voter will receive an electronic ballot to either mail-in or insert into a ballot scanner at the convention center.
Local election board Chairwoman Mary Adeline Bradford requested funds for the electronic ballots and scanners in anticipation of increased mail-in ballots, which are counted by hand.
The ballot scanners will replace the traditional enclosed polling booths, which is not particularly in vogue lately because of the novel coronavirus.
Bus service to the convention center will be free.
To print out an absentee ballot application visit https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/wp-content/uploads/AbsenteeBallot.pdf