Ocean Pines homeowners have until Aug. 11 to return their ballots to elect two new members for the seven-member governing board of directors.
OPA said in a release ballots for the 2021 board of directors election were mailed this week and are due back by 4 p.m. on Aug. 11.
Four candidates are vying for the two seats on the board this year, including incumbent Frank Daly.
The other candidates in the race are Stuart Lakernick, David C. Hardy and Richard Farr. Lisa Romersa, who had been certified to run in the election, withdrew from the race.
The second open seat on the board is currently held by Frank Brown, who is not seeking re-election.
The Ocean Pines website for the first time has a dedicated election section, available at www.oceanpines.org/web/pages/election-2021, that includes biographical and contact information for each candidate, links to video of candidate forums and key upcoming dates in the election process.
Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger has stressed the importance of returning ballots on time. Ballots received late or not sealed in the envelope provided in the mailing will not be counted.
Habeger also urged voters to follow ballot instructions: Vote for no more than two candidates and fill in the selection box using a dark pen or pencil. Ballots marked improperly will not be counted.
Ballots may be returned either by mail or to the 24-hour drop box in the Ocean Pines Police Department lobby, at 239 Ocean Parkway.
Important upcoming election dates include:
- Wednesday, Aug. 11: Ballot deadline (by 4 p.m.)
- Friday, Aug. 13: Ballots counted and totals announced, 10 a.m. (Board Room, Ocean Pines Administration Building)
- Saturday, Aug. 14: Election results validated at 9 a.m. during the annual meeting of membership (Assateague Room, Ocean Pines Community Center)
For questions about ballots or the 2021 election, contact the Elections Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-208-3989.