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33.11.04.00.htm 33.11.04.00. Title 33 STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS Subtitle 11 ABSENTEE BALLOTS Chapter 04 Canvass of Ballots ― Procedures Authority: Election Law Article, §2-102(b)4) 2-202(b) 9-303, 11-301, 11-302, and 11-304, Annotated Code of Maryland
33.11.04.01.htm 33.11.04.01. 01 Conduct Generally.. A. Separate From Polling Place Ballots. The review, inspection, and tabulation of absentee ballots shall:1) Begin as provided in Regulation .03 of this chapter;. 2) Be conducted separately from the review, inspection, and tabulation of polling place ballots; and. 3) Otherwise be conducted in the same manner as for polling place ballots, insofar as those procedures are appropriate.B. Uniformity for All Absentee Ballots. The canvass procedures in this chap
33.11.04.02.htm 33.11.04.02. 02 Board Responsibility.. The canvass of absentee ballots shall be conducted by the local board, in its role as a board of canvassers, as provided in Election Law Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, in Subtitle 08 of this Title, and elsewhere in this Subtitle.
33.11.04.03.htm 33.11.04.03. 03 Start of Canvass.. A. When Required.. 1) Except as provided in §A(2) of this regulation, the board shall start to canvass the absentee ballots at 10 a.m. on the Thursday after the election.2) The board shall start the second absentee ballot canvass at 10 a.m. on the second Friday after an election.3) If the start of an absentee canvass falls on a legal holiday, the board shall convene the absentee canvass on the next regular business day.B. Opening Ballots..
33.11.04.04.htm 33.11.04.04. 04 Hold Back of Ballots.. A. Required Hold Back. Except as provided in §B of this regulation, to preserve the secrecy of provisional ballots and absentee ballots, the local board shall withhold, from the initial canvass:1) At least five absentee ballots of each ballot style to be canvassed during the provisional ballot canvass; and2) At least five absentee ballots of each ballot style to be canvassed during the second absentee ballot canvass.B. If, at the start of th
33.11.04.05.htm 33.11.04.05. 05 Return Envelopes ― Opening, Reviewing, and Referrals.. A. Batch Distributions.. 1) When directed by the board, the election director shall issue to each team a batch of returned ballots.2) Each batch shall consist of a controllable number of ballots (for example, 25). B. Verifying Timeliness.. 1) The team shall first verify timeliness by checking the date stamp on the return envelope.. 2) If the date stamp is missing, the team shall check the postmark on the return envelope..
33.11.04.06.htm 33.11.04.06. 06 Opening Return Envelopes ― Board Ruling on Referrals.. A. Board to Rule. The local board shall rule on all referrals made to it under Regulation .05 of this chapter.B. Rejected Ballots. Each ballot that the board rejects shall be retained by the board at the board table.C. Accepted Ballots. Each ballot that the board accepts shall be returned to the referring team and refiled in appropriate order.
33.11.04.07.htm 33.11.04.07. 07 Ballots ― Inspection and Referrals.. A. Ballot Inspection. The team then shall inspect each ballot for compliance and tabulating acceptability.B. Ballots To Be Referred. The team shall refer to the local board any ballot that:. 1) Appears to have been intentionally marked for the purpose of identifying the ballot;. 2) Appears to have been corrected, whether by correction tape, correction fluid, mark-overs, cross-throughs, or the like;
33.11.04.08.htm 33.11.04.08. 08 Ballots ― Board Ruling on Referrals.. A. Board to Rule. The local board shall rule on all referrals made to it under Regulation .07 of this chapter.B. Rejected Ballots. Each ballot that the local board rejects shall be retained by the board at the board table.C. Accepted Ballots. Each ballot that the local board accepts shall be, as appropriate:. 1) Returned to the referring team and placed in the appropriate group for tabulation; or. 2) Sent to a bipartisan duplication team..
33.11.04.09.htm 33.11.04.09. 09 Grouping Ballots Processed by Board.. A. In General. After all the absentee ballots have been opened and processed by the board, they shall be placed in the following groups:1) Ballots found to be acceptable for tabulation;. 2) Ballots accepted by the board but objected to by a contesting party; and. 3) Ballots rejected by the board.. B. Treatment of Groups.. 1) Ballots grouped under §A(1) of this regulation shall be tabulated separately from ballots grouped
33.11.04.10.htm 33.11.04.10. 10 Ballot Tabulation.. The tabulation of the ballots shall follow their removal from the return envelopes, without unreasonable delay.
33.11.04.11.htm 33.11.04.11. 11 Unofficial Absentee Count.. The unofficial results of the absentee canvass shall be released when the tabulation is completed..
33.11.04.9999.htm 33.11.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―16 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 .03 amended as an emergency provision effective July 31, 2006 (33:16 Md. R. 1364) amended permanently effective October 23, 2006 (33:21 Md. R. 1679)Regulation .03A amended as an emergency provision effective July 3, 2002 (29:18 Md. R. 1440) amended permanently effective Oc
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