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§ 8-502. Certification of names for primary elections

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: June 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Elections (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. Presidential Elections (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2019
MD Code, Election Law, § 8-502
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 33, § 8-502
§ 8-502. Certification of names for primary elections
Application of section
(a) This section applies to the placement on the ballot in the primary election of the names of individuals who are candidates for nomination by principal political parties to the office of President of the United States.
Names on ballot
(b) An individual who desires to run in the primary election may be placed on the ballot only:
(1) by direction of the Secretary of State in accordance with subsection (c) of this section; or
(2) by filing, in accordance with subsection (d) of this section, a petition containing the signatures of at least 400 registered voters from each congressional district in the State.
Certification of names to State Board
(c)(1) The Secretary of State shall certify to the State Board the names of candidates for nomination by a principal political party no later than 113 days before the primary election.
(2) The Secretary of State shall certify the name of a presidential candidate on the ballot when the Secretary has determined, in the Secretary's sole discretion and consistent with party rules, that the candidate's candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in Maryland, unless the candidate executes and files with the Secretary of State an affidavit stating without qualification that the candidate is not and does not intend to become a candidate for the office in the Maryland primary election.
Petition deadline
(d) A candidate who seeks to be placed on the ballot by the petition process specified in subsection (b)(2) of this section shall file the petition, in the form prescribed by the State Board, on the 95th day before the day of the election.
Democratic presidential primary
(e) The State Board shall establish a procedure for the Democratic presidential primary through which votes may be cast as uncommitted to any presidential candidate.
Certification of names to local boards
(f) The names of the candidates for President qualifying under this section shall be certified to the local boards by the State Board and shall be printed on all ballots used for the primary election.


Added as Art. 33, § 8-502, by Acts 1998, c. 585, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. Transferred to Election Law § 8-502 by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, c. 222, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2007, c. 219, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Acts 2011, c. 169, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2011; Acts 2015, c. 332, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2015; Acts 2019, c. 770, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019.
Formerly Art. 33, § 8-502.
MD Code, Election Law, § 8-502, MD ELEC LAW § 8-502
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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