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33.16.06.00.htm 33.16.06.00. Title 33 STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS Subtitle 16 PROVISIONAL VOTING Chapter 06 Canvass of Ballots ― Rejecting Ballots Authority: Election Law Article, §2-102(b)4) 2-202(b) 9-402, 9-403, 9-404, 9-406, and 11-303(c) and (e) Annotated Code of Maryland
33.16.06.01.htm 33.16.06.01. 01 Unanimous Vote Required.. A provisional ballot or a vote on a provisional ballot may not be rejected except by unanimous vote of the local board.
33.16.06.02.htm 33.16.06.02. 02 Voter Intent.. A. This regulation applies whenever a ballot is not marked specifically in accordance with the instructions provided to the voter. For example, where the instructions call for:1) Marking a choice with an "x" in a box, and the voter uses a checkmark; or. 2) Filling in a circle, but the voter marks the choice with an asterisk.. B. In the situations described in §A of this regulation, the local board shall:. 1) Follow the standards established in COMAR 33.08.02; and.
33.16.06.03.htm 33.16.06.03. 03 Ballot Rejection ― Basic Grounds.. A. The local board shall reject a provisional ballot if:. 1) The local board determines that the ballot was intentionally marked with an identifying mark that is clearly evident and placed on the ballot for the purpose of identifying the ballot; or2) The ballot envelope was unsealed and there is some indication that the integrity of the electoral process has been compromised.B. The local board may not reject a provisional ba
33.16.06.04.htm 33.16.06.04. 04 Ballot Rejection ― Multiple Ballots from the Same Individual.. A. The local board shall reject multiple provisional ballots as follows:. 1) If a single provisional ballot application envelope contains more than one voted ballot from the same individual for the same election, all ballots from that individual shall be rejected; and2) If more than one provisional ballot is received from the same individual in different provisional ballot applications, all ballots shall be rejected.
33.16.06.05.htm 33.16.06.05. 05 Vote or Contest Rejection.. A. Person No Longer a Candidate. If a provisional ballot is voted for an individual who has ceased to be a candidate, the vote for that individual may not be counted but does not invalidate the rest of the ballot.B. Damaged or Marked Ballot. If a provisional ballot is damaged or otherwise marked so that the local board cannot determine the voter's intent in a specific contest, the local board shall reject only that contest on the ballot.
33.16.06.9999.htm 33.16.05.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―06 adopted as an emergency provision effective July 3, 2002 (29:18 Md. R. 1441) adopted permanently effective October 14, 2002 (29:20 Md. R. 1596)Regulation .01 amended effective November 24, 2003 (30:23 Md. R. 1655). Regulation .03 amended as an emergency provision effective June 2, 2006 (33:13 Md. R. 1062) amended permanently effective August 14, 2006 (33:16 Md. R. 1366)Regulation .06 repealed and new Regulation .06 ado
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