Name Vote Total
Joseph T. Hall, II 773
Rick Meehan 1695
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Matthew James 1787
Lloyd Martin 1183
Emily F. Nock 1179
Mark L. Paddack 1187
Christopher M. Rudolf 848

Charter Amendment:

For: 1288

Against: 1048


The Town of Ocean City is holding the municipal election in conjunction with federal and state elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registered Ocean City voters are able to vote in all elections at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. The elections will be conducted independently. Voters must sign in at both the municipal and the federal/state registration desks that day.

The mayoral seat and three council seats are up for election this year to include the seats of current Council Members Lloyd Martin, Wayne Hartman and Matt James.

Candidates for mayor: Joe Hall II and Rick Meehan

Candidates for council: Matt James, Lloyd Martin, Emily Nock, Mark Paddack, Christopher Rudolf

This year the ballot will include a referendum to amend section C-1003.C of the Town Charter, asking voters to decide if certain employees of the emergency medical services division of the Ocean City department of emergency services and the Ocean City fire marshal’s department can have binding interest arbitration by a neutral arbitrator. Binding interest arbitration is defined as the process through which parties negotiating a collective bargaining agreement reach impasse on one or more items, and call upon a third party to resolve the impasse and set a term of the collective bargaining agreement to which the parties are bound.

Your vote is important. If you have not already done so, please register to vote by Tuesday, October 16. Visit http://www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/application.html to download and submit a Maryland Voter Registration Application.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Incumbent’s resignation due if seeking mayoral seat
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Candidate Filing Deadline
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Universal Registration deadline as set by Maryland State Board of Elections *
Friday, October 19, 2018 Ocean City’s Registration Deadline **
Monday, October 29, 2018 Interim Campaign Expenditure Report Due
Monday, November 5, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Election Day
Thursday, November 8, 2018 Organizational Meeting @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 19, 2018 Final Campaign Expenditure Report Due

*Universal Registration allows the voter to vote in national, state, county and Ocean City elections.

**For voters who choose not to register for national and state elections but wish to vote in Ocean City elections only.

Voter Registration

The Universal Registration deadline as set by Maryland State Board of Elections is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Download the voter registration application at http://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/application.html.

Voter registration applications are available in all libraries, post offices, Motor Vehicle Departments, schools, state offices and at various other locations in Ocean City, including City Hall, Northside Park, the Public Safety Building and the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

Mail the completed application to the Worcester County Election Board using the address provided on the application. You are considered a voter when you receive your Voter Notification Card from your local board of elections. For additional details, Ocean City residents should contact the Worcester County Election Board at (410) 632-1320.

The form can be used to change your name and address. The Worcester County Election Board must have a signed form before they can make any changes to your registration.

Municipal Election Absentee Ballot Application

An Absentee Ballot Application must be received by the Board of Supervisors of Elections of Ocean City, c/o the Office of the City Clerk, 301 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland, 21842, no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2018.

Please allow ample time for mailing the application, receiving the ballot and returning the ballot which must be returned to the Board of Supervisors of Elections (City Clerk’s Office) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Ballots will be mailed shortly after the October 9, 2018, candidate filing deadline.

2018 Municipal Election Candidate Information

The Mayoral seat and three (3) seats on the Ocean City Council are up for the 2018 municipal election.

Those interested in running for an elected official position are required to:

  • File a Certificate of Candidacy in person at the Office of the City Clerk by Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Written statement must be accompanied by a filing fee in the amount of $25.00.
  • A completed Financial Disclosure Statement must be submitted with the Certificate of Candidacy.

Organizational Meeting:

The newly elected Mayor, together with the newly elected Council members and the incumbent Council members shall meet at 7:30 p.m. on the Thursday in November immediately following the election, for the purpose of organization. At said organizational meeting, the Council members shall elect one (1) of their members as President, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Council and shall preside at meetings of the Mayor and City Council. The Mayor and Council shall appoint one (1) member of the Council to serve as Secretary.

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office, Room 220, City Hall, 410-289-8824 or 8842 for more information.