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33.11.03.00.htm 33.11.03.00. Title 33 STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS Subtitle 11 ABSENTEE BALLOTS Chapter 03 Issuance and Return Authority: Election Law Article, §2-102(b)4) 2-202(b) 2-305, 9-303, 9-305, 9-306, 9-310, 11-301, 11-302, and 11-304, Annotated Code of Maryland
33.11.03.01.htm 33.11.03.01. 01 Ballot Content.. The content of the absentee ballot issued to a voter shall:. A. Be identical to the ballot used in the precinct of the voter's residence; and. B. Contain in a clear space at the top the words "Official Ballot" printed in large letters..
33.11.03.02.htm 33.11.03.02. 02 Updating Election Register.. A. Update Required. The election register must include information about all absentee ballots issued to voters before the register is created.B. Voting at Polls after Receiving Absentee Ballot. A voter who has been issued an absentee ballot may cast a provisional ballot at the polling place for the precinct of the voter's residence on election day.
33.11.03.03.htm 33.11.03.03. 03 Ballot Instructions.. A. Instructions Required. Absentee ballots shall be accompanied by instructions for marking and returning the ballots.B. Form and Content. The form and content of the instructions shall be as the State Board prescribes.C. Required Information. The State designated means of electronic communication shall be included in the instructions.
33.11.03.04.htm 33.11.03.04. 04 Envelopes.. A. Outgoing Envelopes. Absentee ballots sent by mail shall be enclosed in specially printed envelopes.B. Return Envelopes.. 1) If an absentee ballot is sent by mail, the mailing shall include an envelope for the voter to use to return the voted ballot.2) If an absentee ballot is sent by electronic transmission, the transmission shall include an envelope template showing the voter how to address the return envelope.
33.11.03.05.htm 33.11.03.05. 05 Issuance of Ballots.. A. Transmission of Absentee Ballot.. 1) An absentee ballot shall be transmitted, to the extent practicable, by the method requested by the voter.2) If the voter does not specify how the voter would like to receive an absentee ballot, the local board shall mail and transmit by any other available means the absentee ballot to the voter.B. An absentee ballot may be issued only to the voter or the voter's authorized agent..
33.11.03.06.htm 33.11.03.06. 06 Return of Ballot.. A. Date Stamp Return Envelope.. 1) Except as provided in §A(2) of this regulation, whenever an absentee ballot is received by a local board office, the election director shall stamp the return envelope with the date received.2) The election director shall:. a) Stamp the return envelope with the date received if the local board received the return envelope on the day before the election or any day thereafter; and
33.11.03.07.htm 33.11.03.07. 07 Filing and Securing.. A. Filing. The election director shall file all ballots timely received in such a manner that, in the event of a challenge, applications can be matched with the appropriate ballot return envelopes.B. Securing Ballots. Until the canvass begins, every absentee ballot shall:. 1) Remain sealed in:. a) The security envelope for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots; or. b) The return envelope for all other ballots; and. 2) Be placed in a secure
33.11.03.08.htm 33.11.03.08. 08 When Ballots Are Timely.. A. United States.. 1) "United States" means the several states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.2) "United States" does not include American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, any other territory or possession of the United States, an Army Post Office address, or a Fleet Post OfficeB. In General. An absentee ballot is considered to have been timely received only if:.
33.11.03.9999.htm 33.11.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―08 adopted as an emergency provision effective February 1, 2000 (27:6 Md. R. 637) adopted permanently effective April 17, 2000 (27:7 Md. R. 709)Regulation .01A amended effective November 24, 2003 (30:23 Md. R. 1655). Regulation .02 amended effective May 31, 2010 (37:11 Md. R. 768). Regulation .02B amended effective November 24, 2003 (30:23 Md. R. 1655). Regulation .03C adopted effective May 31, 2010 (37:11 Md. R. 768).
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