Structure of Goverment
The Town Charter that outlines the structure of government for the Town of Ocean View was adopted on April 1, 2003. The Town Charter created a council manager form of government. All legislative powers of the Town are vested in a Council consisting of a Mayor and four Councilpersons.
The Charter specifies the election of the Councilpersons and the Mayor. Each Councilperson, as well as the Mayor, is elected by a plurality of all registered town voters. The Mayor’s duties include presiding over the Council meetings; representing the Town in emergencies; and policy making and administrative oversight duties for the Public Safety Department.
The Mayor and Councilpersons are elected to three year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms in office. The terms of office are staggered so that at least one Councilperson is up for election every year. After leaving the Mayor’s post or Council post, the outgoing Mayor and/or Councilperson must wait one year before being eligible to seek another term of office. This limitation, however, does not apply to a Councilperson having completed two consecutive terms from running for Mayor and serving in this position for two consecutive terms as would also be the case for a Mayor running for a vacating Councilperson seat.
The Town Manager is appointed by the Mayor and Council and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council. The role of the Town Manager is to be the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Town and to supervise the day-to-day operations of all of the departments of Town Government. The Town Manager is charged with developing the annual and long range Capital Improvements budgets. He/she is assisted by three department heads—Administrative Official/Director of Public Works; Director of Finance; and the Chief of Police.
The General and Administrative Department includes finance, records management, financial overseeing of the municipal water system, budgeting, and tax collections.
The Administrative Official Department includes planning and zoning, annexation, rental licensing, business licensing, building permits, and site planning.
The Public Safety Department includes providing protection and safety to the Town citizens through a municipal police force.
The Public Works Department includes maintenance of the Town’s park, public buildings, streets and drainage. The Administrative Official is also the Director of Public Works.
Qualifications for Mayor and Council Members
Each Council member and the Mayor must be at least 18 years old and be a registered voter in the Town of Ocean View. The Mayor must have resided in the Town at least two years immediately preceding the date of the election and the Council members at least one year. Each Council member must be a resident of the district they represent on the Council. The Mayor and Council members are elected at large.
Annual Town elections for Mayor and Council members are held the second Saturday in April. Elected candidates take office seven days after their election victory.
The Town is divided into four election districts. The Districts are established once every ten years following the posting of the official census for the Town of Ocean View. Districts may also be reapportioned should an annexation occur that disturbs the apportionment of one or more of the districts.
Board of Elections
The Board of Elections consisits of five members and three alternates. The board members serve three year terms and are in charge of the registration of voters, nominations, and all Town elections. The current member list for the Board of Elections can be found under Boards & Commissions at the Resources section of the Town website.
Voter Registration Requirements
All eligible voters in the Town of Ocean View must complete a voter registration form in the Town Hall or request the form to be mailed to them . The completed form may also be returned by mail. Some form of identification, preferably a valid Delaware Driver License, and address must accompany the completed form.
Voter Registration Dates
Voter registration is open all year up and until the tenth business day preceding the election.
To provide those qualified voters of the Town of Ocean View who are unable to appear at a municipal election with the ability to cast a ballot to be counted in the total for the municipal election.
Reasons for casting absentee ballot
Any qualified voter of the Town of Ocean View who shall be unable to appear to cast his ballot at any municipal election at the regular polling place in the Town of Ocean View for any of the following reasons shall be entitled to cast an absentee ballot and to have his vote counted because such person:
- is in the public service of the United States or of this state.
- will be unavoidably absent on the day of election.
- is sick or has a physical disability.
- is absent while on vacation.
- is unable to vote at a certain time or on a certain day because of the tenets or teachings of his religion.
Request for ballot
A voter desiring to vote by absentee ballot in an election for which the voter is a qualified voter may request an absentee ballot from the Town of Ocean View where the voter is qualified to vote by filing a written affidavit with the Town no later than 12:00 noon on the day before the election.
Affidavits for absentee ballots
An affidavit may be filed pursuant to this section by mailing it, delivering it, or causing it to be delivered to the municipality where the elector is qualified to vote.
Delivery of absentee ballots
For an absentee ballot to be counted, the voter shall return the marked ballot to the Town before the polls close on the day of the election.