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33.17.06.00.htm 33.17.06.00. Title 33 STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS Subtitle 17 EARLY VOTING Chapter 06 Early Voting Activities Authority: Election Law Article, §2-102(b)4) 2-202(b) 9-406, and 10-301.1, Annotated Code of Maryland
33.17.06.01.htm 33.17.06.01. 01 Officials' Duties Generally.. A. In General. All local boards, their members, attorneys, election directors, staff members, election judges, and other assigned personnel shall faithfully and diligently perform all of the functions and duties that are assigned to them, collectively or categorically, by federal or State law or regulation, or by any manual, procedure, guideline, directive, or other instruction issued under federal or State law or regulation.B. Local Board Members..
33.17.06.02.htm 33.17.06.02. 02 Communications During Early Voting.. A. Between Office and Early Voting Centers. The local board shall ensure that, throughout early voting, each early voting center is equipped with the ability to communicate directly with the local board office.B. Communications Log.. 1) Each local board shall maintain an early voting communications log.. 2) The communications log shall contain the information listed in COMAR 33.07.03.02C.. 3) If requested by the State Administrator, the el
33.17.06.03.htm 33.17.06.03. 03 Early Voting Center Evaluation Program.. A. Establishment Required. Each election director shall develop and, with the approval of the State Administrator, establish and implement an early voting center evaluation program using the early voting center evaluation form issued by the State Administrator.B. Elements.. 1) The program shall provide for at least two unannounced visits to each early voting center to assess the election judges' compliance with applicable
33.17.06.04.htm 33.17.06.04. 04 Order and Decorum.. A. Media.. 1) Presence Allowed. Representatives of print or electronic media are permitted in an early voting center as long as their activities do not:a) Cause disruption;. b) Infringe on voter privacy;. c) Inhibit election judges from performing their duties; or. d) Otherwise interfere with the orderly conduct of the election.. 2) Notice Requested.. a) Media organizations are requested to provide the State Administrator or the election director wit
33.17.06.05.htm 33.17.06.05. 05 Ballots ― In General.. A. Absentee Ballots. During early voting, a local board shall:. 1) Issue and receive absentee ballots at the local board office pursuant to COMAR 33.11; and. 2) Ensure that absentee ballots are not issued at an early voting center.. B. Provisional Ballots.. 1) Except as provided in §C(2) of this regulation, the local board shall ensure that a voter receives the ballot style for the voter's current residence.2) If the voter moved after the close of voter reg
33.17.06.06.htm 33.17.06.06. 06 Special Assistance.. A. Inability to Sign.. 1) Subject to the requirements of §A(2) of this regulation:. a) If a voter is unable to sign a form used at an early voting center, an "X" or similar mark shall be accepted as that individual's signature; andb) If a voter is unable to make a mark, the requirement for a signature is met by the execution of the endorsement described in §A(2) of this regulation.2) In either of the situations described in §A(1) of this regulation, the e
33.17.06.07.htm 33.17.06.07. 07 Identification Requirements.. A. Scope. This regulation applies only to an individual who:. 1) Registered to vote in Maryland after January 1, 2003;. 2) Submitted the voter registration application by mail or is required to provide personal identification information to complete a verification inquiry under COMAR 33.05.04.04;3) Is voting in Maryland for the first time after January 1, 2004; and. 4) Is voting in person at an early voting center..
33.17.06.08.htm 33.17.06.08. 08 Challengers and Watchers.. A. Designating Entities. The procedures specified in COMAR 33.07.07.01 apply to designating entities appointing challengers or watchers for early voting.B. Permissive Activities of Accredited Challengers or Watchers . An accredited challenger or watcher may perform the activities defined in Election Law Article, §10-311(b) Annotated Code of Maryland, and COMAR 33.07.07.02.C. Prohibited Acts of Challengers or Watchers. The prohibited acts and remo
33.17.06.09.htm 33.17.06.09. 09 Challenging Voters.. A. The process specified in COMAR 33.07.08 for challenging voters applies during early voting.. B. Grounds for Challenge. A challenger may challenge an individual's right to vote only if the challenger has a reasonable basis for asserting that the individual seeking to vote is not the registered voter that the individual claims to be.C. Challenge Record.. 1) In General. If a challenge is made to a voter's identity and the challenged individual does not p
33.17.06.10.htm 33.17.06.10. 10 Electioneering.. A. Electioneering ― Election Offices. Electioneering is prohibited within the offices of a local board or the State Board on each day of early voting.B. Clothing, Buttons, etc. in Polling Place.. 1) In General. Except as specified in §B(2) of this regulation, an individual, including any candidate, watcher, or challenger, may not enter the No Electioneering Zone outside a polling place while visibly wearing or carrying any clothing, button, s
33.17.06.11.htm 33.17.06.11. 11 Exit Polling.. A. In General. Exit polling, whether by questionnaire or interview, is permitted within the No Electioneering Zone outside an early voting center, subject to the conditions specified in §B of this regulation.B. Conditions. A pollster:. 1) May not enter the voting room;. 2) May not ask questions of a voter until the voter has left the voting room;. 3) Shall inform each voter being polled that the voter's participation is voluntary; and. 4) May not electioneer..
33.17.06.9999.htm 33.17.06.9999. Administrative History Effective date: April 19, 2010 (37:8 Md. R. 624). Regulation .05 amended effective September 6, 2010 (37:18 Md. R. 1216). Regulation .06B amended effective September 6, 2010 (37:18 Md. R. 1215) ―. Chapter revised effective March 19, 2012 (39:5 Md. R. 384). Regulation .05A amended as an emergency provision effective October 27, 2020 (47:24 Md. R. 1033) emergency provision expired Regulation .05A amended effective February 8, 2021 (48:3 Md. R. 94).
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