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Saturday, September 05, 2015

OC abandons joining state for elections

OCEAN CITY — After a three-year, concerted effort to have its municipal election merged with the state-run ballot, the Town of Ocean City appears to have said never mind.

The City Council voted this week to not request the inclusion of Ocean City’s mayor and council contests on the general ballot, despite having gone as far putting legislation through the Maryland General Assembly mandating the state and county elections boards to accept municipal ballots if requested.

Given that the state, which runs elections from the federal level down to the counties, requires considerable lead time to organize elections, this was the last minute for the city to bow out before work started on the consolidated ballot.

“The legislation passed, and I did contact the state to begin conducting our elections starting with November 2016,” said City Solicitor Guy Ayres.


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