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§ 3-204.1. Online voter registration systems

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: July 1, 2013

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Voter Registration (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Methods of Application (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2013
MD Code, Election Law, § 3-204.1
§ 3-204.1. Online voter registration systems
In general
(a) The State Board may operate an online voter registration system that allows an individual to electronically:
(1) apply to become a registered voter; or
(2) change the individual's name, address, or party affiliation in the individual's existing voter registration record.
Requirements for online voter registration
(b) To apply to register to vote through the online voter registration system, an individual shall:
(1) complete the electronic voter registration application;
(2) affirmatively attest, subject to the penalties of perjury, that the information contained in the voter registration application is true and that the applicant meets all of the qualifications to become a registered voter;
(3) provide one of the following:
(i) a Maryland driver's license number or Maryland identification card number, the last four digits of the individual's Social Security number, and other information identified by the State Board that is not generally available to the public but is readily available to the individual; or
(ii) if the individual is an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and does not have a Maryland driver's license or Maryland identification card, a Social Security number; and
(4) affirmatively consent to the use of one of the following as the individual's signature for the application being submitted:
(i) the electronic copy of the individual's signature that is on file with the Motor Vehicle Administration; or
(ii) the individual's Social Security number.
Changes to name, address, or party affiliation of voters
(c) To change an individual's name, address, or party affiliation in the individual's existing voter registration record, an individual shall:
(1) complete the electronic voter registration application;
(2) affirmatively attest, subject to the penalties of perjury, that the information contained in the voter registration application is true and that the applicant meets all of the qualifications to be a registered voter;
(3) provide one of the following:
(i) a Maryland driver's license number or Maryland identification card number, the last four digits of the individual's Social Security number, and other information identified by the State Board that is not generally available to the public but is readily available to the individual; or
(ii) if the individual is an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and does not have a Maryland driver's license or Maryland identification card, a Social Security number; and
(4) affirmatively consent to the use of one of the following as the individual's signature for the application being submitted:
(i) the electronic copy of the individual's signature that is on file with the Motor Vehicle Administration; or
(ii) the individual's Social Security number.
Electronic copies of signatures
(d) The Motor Vehicle Administration shall transmit an electronic copy of an individual's driver's license or identification card signature to the State Board within 5 days of being notified by the State Board that the individual submitted a voter registration application through the online voter registration system.
Powers of Board
(e) The State Board may:
(1) take any additional measures it deems necessary to ensure the integrity and accuracy of voter registration applications submitted through the online voter registration system; and
(2) adopt any regulations necessary to administer the online voter registration system.

Credits

Added by Acts 2011, c. 292, § 1, eff. June 1, 2011; Acts 2011, c. 293, § 1, eff. June 1, 2011. Amended by Acts 2013, c. 157, § 1, eff. July 1, 2013; Acts 2013, c. 158, § 1, eff. July 1, 2013.

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
2013 Legislation
Acts 2013, c. 157, § 1, and Acts 2013, c. 158, § 1, in subsec. (b)(3)(i), inserted “, the last four digits of the individual’s Social Security number, and other information identified by the State Board that is not generally available to the public but is readily available to the individual”; and rewrote subsec. (c), which previously had read:
“(c) To change an individual's name, address, or party affiliation in the individual's existing voter registration record, an individual shall:
“(1) complete the electronic voter registration application;
“(2) affirmatively attest, subject to the penalties of perjury, that the information contained in the voter registration application is true and that the applicant meets all of the qualifications to be a registered voter;
“(3) provide one of the following:
“(i) a Maryland driver's license number or Maryland identification card number;
“(ii) a Maryland voter identification number on the individual's voter notification card; or
“(iii) if the individual is an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and does not have a Maryland driver's license or Maryland identification card, a Social Security number; and
“(4) affirmatively consent to the use of one of the following as the individual's signature for the application being submitted:
“(i) the electronic copy of the individual's signature that is on file with the Motor Vehicle Administration;
“(ii) the electronic copy of the individual's signature that is on file in the statewide voter registration list; or
“(iii) the individual's Social Security number.”
MD Code, Election Law, § 3-204.1, MD ELEC LAW § 3-204.1
Current through all legislation from the 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly
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