33.07.07.01

.01 Designating Entities.

A. State Board as Designating Entity.The State Board may:

(1) Designate an individual as an accredited challenger or watcher if the individual submits a written request that includes polling places in more than one county; and

(2) Require the individual to attend a training session, read any State Board issued information, or both.

B. Local Board as Designating Entity.A local board may:

(1) Designate an individual as an accredited challenger or watcher if the individual submits a written request that includes polling places in its jurisdiction; and

(2) Require the individual to attend a training session, read any State Board issued information, or both.

C. Other Designating Entities. If a designating entity other than the State Board or a local board intends to distribute instructions to the individual or individuals it designates, the designating entity:

(1) May not provide information that conflicts with the Election Law Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 33 of COMAR, and other State Board issued information; and

(2) May submit a written draft of the instructions to the State Board for review.

D. Certificate.

(1) A designating entity shall provide each challenger or watcher it designates with a signed certificate, in the form prescribed by the State Board.

(2) The certificate shall be signed by:

(a) If a candidate is the designating entity, the candidate;

(b) If a political party is the designating entity, an officer, executive director of the entity, or other person authorized to sign on behalf of the entity; or

(c) If a group of voters is the designating entity, the chairman or treasurer of the political committee.

(3) An original signature on the certificate is not required.

(4) A designating entity shall provide the local board with:

(a) Copies of completed certificates; or

(b) A list of individuals designated as challengers and watchers.