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§ 8-202. Use of primary election by principal political party

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: April 14, 2015

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Elections (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Primary Elections (Refs & Annos)
Effective: April 14, 2015
MD Code, Election Law, § 8-202
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 33, § 8-202
§ 8-202. Use of primary election by principal political party
In general
(a) A principal political party, as determined by the statement of registration issued by the State Board:
(1) shall use the primary election to:
(i) nominate its candidates for public office; and
(ii) elect all members of the local central committees of the political party; and
(2) may use the primary election in the year of a presidential election to elect delegates to a national presidential nominating convention.
Requirements for nominees
(b) Except for a nominee for President or Vice President, the name of a nominee of a principal political party may not appear on the ballot in a general election if the individual has not:
(1) been nominated in the primary election; or
(2) been designated to fill a vacancy in nomination in accordance with Title 5 of this article.
Unaffiliated voters
(c) If a political party chooses to permit voters not affiliated with the party to vote in the party's primary election, the chairman of the party's State central committee shall so notify the State Board at least 6 months before the date of the primary election.


Added as Art. 33, § 8-202, by Acts 1998, c. 585, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. Transferred to Election Law § 8-202 by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, c. 22, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2006, c. 44, § 1, eff. April 8, 2006; Acts 2008, c. 118, § 1, eff. April 17, 2008; Acts 2015, c. 22, § 1, eff. April 14, 2015.
Formerly Art. 33, § 8-202.

Editors' Notes

Revisor's Note (Acts 2002, c. 291):
This section formerly was Art. 33, § 8-202.
No changes are made.
2002 Legislation
Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, repealed and reenacted this section without amendment.
2003 Legislation
Acts 2003, c. 22, § 1, added subsec. (c).
2006 Legislation
Acts 2006, c. 44, § 1, made technical corrections to the Code.
2008 Legislation
Acts 2008, c. 118, § 1, added subsec. (b)(3).
Acts 2008, c. 118, §§ 2 and 3, provides:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That as to any conflict between this Act and any other provision of the Election Law Article, the provisions of this Act shall prevail.
“SECTION 3. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act is an emergency measure, is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health or safety, has been passed by a yea and nay vote supported by three-fifths of all the members elected to each of the two Houses of the General Assembly, and shall take effect from the date it is enacted. It shall remain effective until December 31, 2008, and at the end of December 31, 2008, with no further action required by the General Assembly, this Act shall be abrogated and of no further force and effect.”
Acts 2008, c. 118, abrogated effective at the end of December 31, 2008, under the terms of § 3 of that Act.
2015 Legislation
Acts 2015, c. 22, § 1, in par. (b)(2), corrected a cross-reference.
MD Code, Election Law, § 8-202, MD ELEC LAW § 8-202
Current through all legislation from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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