The Town of Ocean View will be hosting Candidates’ Night on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.
The Town’s annual municipal election is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents will vote to elect a representative for the District 1 council seat, currently held by Bill Olsen, who is not running for re-election.
Residents Gabriel Sarate and Bruce White are both seeking the position. District 2 incumbent Frank Twardzik was the only resident to file for that seat, and will serve another three-year term.
At Candidates’ Night, held at town hall, residents will be able to ask questions and hear White and Sarate discuss their platforms.
“The candidates will sit at the dais and be given three minutes to discuss his platform or discuss anything they wish,” explained Town Clerk Donna Schwartz. “A timer will be set so no one goes over their allotted time, which we do for all the questions.”
The event will be moderated by Board of Elections member Steve Cobb, with the help of board Chairman Tom Silvia.
Index cards and writing implements will be available if residents would rather write down their questions.
Voters still have time to register
Although the election is less than a month away, there is still time for Ocean View residents to register to vote.
A resident does not need to live within District 1 in order to vote to elect a District 1 representative.
Those who wish to register must be at least 18; a citizen of the United States; and have been an Ocean View resident for at least six months immediately preceding the election. State or county voter registration does not entitle residents to vote in Ocean View elections. They must register directly with the Town.
The Town currently has just over 870 people registered. Residents must re-register if they did not vote in two consecutive elections; however, since the Town has not had two consecutive elections in recent years, voter rolls have not been purged ahead of the 2019 election.
Residents are being encouraged to contact the Town directly to see if they are registered to vote.
“Anyone who wants to come in and register or wants to find out if they are registered are certainly welcome to contact us,” said Schwartz.
The registration period is open until April 1, at 4:30 p.m. Residents may register in person, on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They may also download and mail in a voter registration form from the Town’s website.
If a resident cannot vote in the April 13 election in person, absentee ballots are available. Any Town of Ocean View eligible registered voter who needs to obtain an absentee ballot by mail should call the Town to have an affidavit mailed to them. The affidavit can also be downloaded from the Town’s website or picked up at Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building.
The affidavit must be filed with the Town no later than noon on April 12, 2019. Absentee ballots must be received prior to the close of voting at 5 p.m. on April 13. Identification will be required for anyone who wishes to obtain an absentee ballot.
Identification is required when Ocean View residents register to vote. A Delaware driver’s license is the preferred form of identification.
Schwartz said those who have an email address on-file with the Town will receive an election reminder the week of the election.
The Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building is located at 201 Central Avenue in Ocean View. For more information on voter registration, visit www.oceanviewde.com/forms or call (302) 539-9797, ext. 101.
By Maria Counts