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§ 9-310. Special envelopes for absentee ballots

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: June 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 9. Voting (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Absentee Voting (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2021
MD Code, Election Law, § 9-310
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 33, § 9-310
§ 9-310. Special envelopes for absentee ballots
Absentee ballots sent by mail
(a)(1) This subsection applies only to an absentee ballot that is sent by mail.
(2)(i) An absentee ballot shall be enclosed in specially printed envelopes, the form and content of which shall be prescribed by the State Board.
(ii) The outgoing envelope shall include a statement, prominently placed, requesting that the recipient return the absentee ballot to the local board if the intended recipient no longer lives at that address.
(3)(i) A local board may use either two envelopes or three envelopes.
(ii) If two envelopes are used, the inner envelope shall be designated the “ballot/return envelope”, and, when issued, it shall fit inside the envelope designated the “outgoing envelope”.
(iii) If three envelopes are used, the innermost envelope shall be designated the “ballot envelope”, which shall fit inside the envelope designated the “return envelope”, both of which, when issued, shall fit inside the envelope designated the “outgoing envelope”.
(iv) The ballot/return envelope described under subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph and the return envelope described under subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph provided to a voter voting by absentee ballot shall include prepaid postage.
(4)(i) An absentee ballot shall be accompanied by instructions for postage of the ballot/return envelope or the return envelope.
(ii) The instructions for postage shall include:
1. a statement that the ballot/return envelope or return envelope includes prepaid postage and may be mailed as is; and
2. directions for how a voter may attach postage for the purpose of reducing the costs of the local board.
(5) When voted and returned to the local board, an absentee ballot shall be enclosed in a ballot envelope or ballot/return envelope, on which has been printed an oath prescribed by the State Board.
Reimbursement to each local board for cost of prepaid postage
(b) The State Board shall reimburse each local board for 50% of the cost of prepaid postage included on ballot/return envelopes or return envelopes provided to a voter voting by absentee ballot under subsection (a)(3)(iv) of this section.
Absentee ballots sent by Internet or facsimile transmission
(c) If an absentee ballot is sent by the Internet or facsimile transmission, the local board shall provide the voter with an envelope template, the oath prescribed by the State Board, and instructions for marking and returning the absentee ballot.

Credits

Added as Art. 33, § 9-310, by Acts 1998, c. 585, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. Transferred to Election Law § 9-310 by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2013, c. 157, § 3, eff. July 1, 2013; Acts 2013, c. 158, § 3, eff. July 1, 2013; Acts 2020, c. 36, § 1, eff. May 8, 2020; Acts 2020, c. 37, § 1, eff. May 8, 2020; Acts 2021, c. 56, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 514, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021.
Formerly Art. 33, § 9-310.
MD Code, Election Law, § 9-310, MD ELEC LAW § 9-310
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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