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33.08.03.00.htm 33.08.03.00. Title 33 STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS Subtitle 08 CANVASSING Chapter 03 Canvass Control and Safeguards Authority: Election Law Article, §2-102(b)4) 2-202(b) and 11-201, Annotated Code of Maryland
33.08.03.01.htm 33.08.03.01. 01 Board to Set Procedures.. The local board shall develop and, with the approval of the State Board, establish and enforce procedures and methods to:A. Maintain order throughout the canvass; and. B. Safeguard all records and documents..
33.08.03.02.htm 33.08.03.02. 02 Public Inspection of Ballots and Other Documents.. Observers and challengers are allowed to visually inspect ballots, provisional ballot applications, and absentee ballot envelopes, and the like, at a reasonable distance, but may not touch them.
33.08.03.03.htm 33.08.03.03. 03 Food and Beverages.. Food and beverages are prohibited in the counting center..
33.08.03.04.htm 33.08.03.04. 04 Distractions.. Conversations and other activities that interfere with or distract the board's staff are prohibited..
33.08.03.05.htm 33.08.03.05. 05 Instructions to Staff and Public.. A. In General. At the start of the canvass, the board shall generally instruct the staff, the public, and the media on the:1) Process to be completed; and. 2) Procedures to be followed.. B. Specifics. The instructions shall include:. 1) The need to maintain order during the canvass;. 2) The distance that must be maintained while inspecting ballots;. 3) The prohibition against food and beverages;.
33.08.03.06.htm 33.08.03.06. 06 Security Guards.. The board may arrange for one or more security guards to:. A. Be present from the start until the end of the canvass; and. B. Assist the board in maintaining order during the canvass..
33.08.03.9999.htm 33.08.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―06 adopted as an emergency provision effective March 1, 2000 (27:6 Md. R. 636) adopted permanently effective July 10, 2000 (27:13 Md. R. 1213) ―Chapter recodified from COMAR 33.08.02 to COMAR 33.08.03 as an emergency provision effective October 4, 2004 (31:20 Md. R. 1483) recodified permanently effective January 6, 2005 (31:26 Md. R. 1868)Regulation .02 amended effective April 19, 2010 (37:8 Md. R. 624).
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