Code of Maryland Regulations
State agencies with the authority to adopt regulations must follow the State's Administrative Procedures Act, State Government Article, §10-101 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland, when adopting regulations. These requirements include review by the Maryland General Assembly's Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review Committee, publication in the Maryland Register, and public comment on proposed new regulations and changes to existing regulations.
The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) is organized by title, with the name of title corresponding to the name of the agency with authority to adopt regulations. For example, the State Board of Elections is authorized under section 2-102 of the Election Law Article to adopt regulations to implement its powers and duties. Regulations adopted by the State Board of Elections are located in Title 33 - State Board of Elections of COMAR.
The State's Division of State Documents publishes COMAR in two formats. The Division has an online, searchable version of COMAR and sells a printed version. The online version is updated as soon as a proposed regulation is effective, and updates to the printed version are printed bi-annually.
Final Changes to Regulations
- Changes to voter registration and absentee voting (PDF). These proposed changes were published in the June 28th edition of the Maryland Register. The public comment period ended July 29, 2013. The State Board adopted the regulations as published (except for correcting one non-substantive error), and the regulations are effective as of September 16, 2013.
Proposed Changes to Regulations
- Changes to canvassing and voting system certification and new regulations on campaign finance (PDF) (including legislative party caucus committees and administrative accounts). These proposed changes were published in the September 20th edition of the Maryland Register. The deadline to submit public comment was October 21, 2013.
- Changes to definition of "personal identification number" and a required disclosure (PDF). These proposed changes were published in the October 4th edition of the Maryland Register. The deadline to submit public comments was November 4, 2013.
All public comments must be submitted by the deadline to Nikki Charlson, State Board of Elections, P.O. Box 6486, Annapolis MD 21401-0486, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410.974.2019 (fax).