November 8, 2016 Referendum on School Board

Registered voters in Wicomico County recently received by mail sample ballots for the Nov. 8 election. The ballot includes Question A: Local Referendum on the Wicomico County Board of Education – Election and Appointment of Members.

The seven members of the Wicomico County Board of Education are currently appointed by the Governor of Maryland, with local input. The referendum on the November General Election ballot presents three options for choosing future Board members, as outlined in Senate Bill 145 (signed into law on April 26, 2016, by Gov. Larry Hogan):

Option 1 - Retain the current appointed Board system in which the Governor appoints the members of the Board.

Option 2 - Change to an elected Board, with five members elected by voters within the voters' council district and two at-large members elected by all voters of Wicomico County, effective with the November 2018 election. 

Option 3 - Change to a combination of members who are elected and who are appointed, with five members elected by voters within the voters' council district, effective with the November 2018 election, and two members appointed by the Wicomico County Council from a list of nominees proposed by a school board nominating commission.

Early Voting for the 2016 General Election will take place Oct. 27-Nov. 3 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at polling places throughout Wicomico County. Additional information on the election is available online: http://www.wicomicocounty.org/176/Elections


On each Wicomico ballot for the November 2016 General Election, voters will have the following three choices for the referendum on how the seven members of the Board of Education are chosen:

Please indicate which of the three methods for selecting members of the Wicomico County Board of Education you prefer.

  • For Retaining the Current System, a Board of Education with Seven Members Appointed by the Governor
  • For a Board of Education with Five Members Elected by District and Two Members Elected at Large
  • For a Board of Education with Five Members Elected by District and Two Members Appointed by the Wicomico County Council