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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.

Regulations

(MAY, 2015 MEETING)

Special Elections By Mail

33.21.01 (Definitions; General Provisions)
33.21.02 (Request for Vote-by-Mail Ballot)
33.21.03 (Issuance and Return)
33.21.04 (Voting Centers)
33.21.05 (Election Judges)
33.21.06 (Voting Center Procedures)
33.21.07 (Canvassing)
33.21.08 (Post-Election Activities)

These new regulations were published in the July 10th edition of the Maryland Register. The public comment period is closed. Adoption of the final regulations should be published in the September 18th edition of the Maryland Register and will become effective on September 28th, 2015.

(AUGUST, 2015 MEETING)

Proposed Changes:
33.01.01 (Definitions; General Provisions)
33.05.04 (Processing VRAs and Other Requests)
33.16.02 (Provisional Voting Documents and Supplies)
33.16.03 (Issuance of Provisional Ballot)
33.16.04 (Pre-Canvass Procedures)
33.16.05 (Canvass of Ballots – Procedures)

Campaign Finance
33.13 (Campaign Financing)
33.14 (Administration of Public Financing Act)
33.18 (Violations)
33.20 (Disclosures by Persons Doing Buiness) - Tabled

Proposed New Regulations:
Same Day Registration and Address Changes
33.19.01 (Definitions; General Provisions)
33.19.02 (Public Notice)
33.19.03 (Election Judges)
33.19.04 (Processing New Registrants and Address Changes)

These proposed changes and new regulations were published in the October 16th issue of the Maryland Register. The public comment period is now closed. Final adoption by the Board will be determined.

(SEPTEMBER, 2015 MEETING)

Proposed Changes:
33.01.01 (Definitions; General Provisions)
33.02.03 (Judges’ Manuals and Training)
33.03.01 (Management Program)
33.04.01 (In General)
33.05.04 (Processing VRAs and Other Requests)
33.07 (Election Day Activities)
33.08 (Canvassing)
33.09.01 (Definitions; General Provisions)
33.11 (Absentee Ballots)
33.12 (Recounts)
33.15.03 (Polling Places)
33.16 (Provisional Voting)
33.17.07 (Non-Voting Hours Procedures)

Proposed New Regulation:
33.20 (Disclosures by Persons Doing Business)

These proposed changes and new regulation were published in the November 13th issue of the Maryland Register.  The public comment period began on November 13th and will close on December 14th.  Final adoption by the Board will be determined.

(NOVEMBER, 2015 MEETING)

Final Adoption:
33.14.02.06 (Requests for Contribution – Primary Elections
This final regulation should be published in the November 30th issue of the Maryland Register.  The regulation should be effective Thursday, December 10th.

Proposed New Regulation:
33.09.06.03 (Equipment Allocation)
33.10 (Voting Systems – System Requirements and Procedures)

These proposed new regulations should be published in the January 8th issue of the Maryland Register.  The public comment period should begin on January 8th and should close on February 8th.  Final adoption by the Board will be determined.