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§ 3-303. Change of party affiliation

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: June 1, 2016

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Voter Registration (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Administration of Registration (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2016
MD Code, Election Law, § 3-303
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 33, § 3-303
§ 3-303. Change of party affiliation
Notification of party affiliation change
(a) Notification of a change of party affiliation or a change to or from a decline may be made:
(1) by information provided on a voter registration application by the same methods provided for registration under Subtitle 2 of this title;
(2) by written notice, signed by the voter and sent by mail or otherwise delivered to the local board in the county where the voter's current voter registration address is located or to which the voter has moved;
(3) by making application in person at the office of the local board in the county where the voter's current voter registration address is located or to which the voter has moved;
(4) by information on a voter authority card or other appropriate form filled out in a polling place; or
(5) by changing a name or address with the Motor Vehicle Administration.
Time of changes
(b) Party affiliation changes or changes to or from a decline:
(1) shall be processed at any time that registration is open; and
(2) except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, may not be processed when registration is closed.
Sufficiency of request
(c) If a local board receives a request for a party affiliation change after the close of registration, the local board shall make the change and it shall become effective for the next election provided:
(1) there is sufficient evidence, as determined by the local boards pursuant to regulations adopted by the State Board, that the request was mailed on or before the close of registration for that election; or
(2) the request was submitted by the voter to the Motor Vehicle Administration, a voter registration agency, another local board, or the State Board on or before the close of registration for that election.

Credits

Added as Art. 33, § 3-303, by Acts 1998, c. 585, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, c. 424, § 2, eff. June 1, 2001. Transferred to Election Law § 3-303 by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, c. 380, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2010, c. 270, § 1, eff. June 1, 2010; Acts 2010, c. 271, § 1, eff. June 1, 2010; Acts 2011, c. 292, § 1, eff. June 1, 2011; Acts 2011, c. 293, § 1, eff. June 1, 2011; Acts 2016, c. 172, § 1, eff. June 1, 2016; Acts 2016, c. 173, § 1, eff. June 1, 2016.
Formerly Art. 33, § 3-303.
MD Code, Election Law, § 3-303, MD ELEC LAW § 3-303
Current through legislation effective February 15, 2021, from the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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