Over the years, the Ocean City Board of Elections has done an exemplary job without gaining much notice, surfacing in public, as it does, on a biennial basis and doing its job in a quiet and efficient manner.
That’s the way it’s supposed to work, since the purpose of election officials and volunteers is to remain in the background by ensuring a smooth election process.
As long-time observers of local politics know, that hasn’t always been easy, as the occasional faction has attempted to cast doubt on the board’s impartiality or its professionalism in order to further its own cause.
It never worked, not once, which is a testament to the dedication of the board’s good people.
Sadly, that might be all over as the city procedes toward a merger of the local balloting mechanism with that of the county and state.
The first step came two years ago, when city officials moved the date of its election to coincide with the state contest. By 2016, it looks as if it will be fully merged into the larger process and will be independent no more.
That’s a shame, as we’ll miss the excitement of that standalone event, which was as much social as it was governmental.
We thank the board for making it happen through its quiet diligence. In the end, however, it will be one more piece of old Ocean City gone.