“The ballots are on their way,” according to Ocean Pines Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger. “Over the next few days they’ll arrive in mailboxes. Your vote counts and don’t be late!”
More than 7,600 ballots for the 2019 Ocean Pines Board election were sent out this week to eligible voters. Additionally, 768 notices of the annual meeting were sent to ineligible voters.
Election mailings are marked “IMMEDIATE ATTENTION! Ballot receipt deadline 5 PM, August 7, 2019” in a red rectangle on the front of the envelope.
Eligible voters, in Ocean Pines, refers to homeowners “in good standing,” meaning they do not have outstanding violations or unpaid assessments. The cutoff for voter eligibility was July 3.
For questions about voter eligibility, contact Membership and Assessment Supervisor Ruth Ann Meyer at 410-641-7717 ext. 3031, or email email@example.com.
Voters this year may select up to three candidates from the pool of seven, which include, in ballot order, Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica, Ed Solum and Gregory Turner. The top three voter-getters will each be elected to three-year terms on the Ocean Pines Board.
Completed ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. They may be returned either to the ballot box inside the police department office in the Ocean Pines Administration Building on 239 Ocean Parkway or mailed to the Ocean Pines post office box in Berlin.
For questions about ballots and voting procedures, call the Elections Committee at 410-208-3989. Committee members will try to respond to questions within a day.
Ballot counting will occur on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. in the East Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Election results will be announced immediately after the count.
Results will then be validated during the annual meeting on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the community center. Lot owners are asked to bring their ID in order to be verified. A quorum of at least 100 lots is required in order to hold the annual meeting.