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§ 8-401. Special primary and general elections

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

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Elections (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. Special Elections (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2016
MD Code, Election Law, § 8-401
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 33, § 8-401
§ 8-401. Special primary and general elections
In general
(a) A special primary election and a special general election may be held at a time other than the date of a regular primary election and a regular general election:
(1) to fill a vacancy in the office of Representative in Congress; or
(2) to fill a vacancy in the county council or in the office of chief executive officer or county executive if the charter of that county provides for special elections.
Vacancy in office of Representative in Congress
(b)(1) Special elections to fill a vacancy in the office of Representative in Congress shall be held at the time specified in Subtitle 7 of this title.
(2)(i) Special elections to fill vacancies in a county council or in the office of chief executive officer or county executive shall be held as provided in the county charter.
(ii) The date set for the special election to fill a vacancy under this paragraph shall allow at least 45 days between the date a local board makes an absentee ballot available to an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter, as defined under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and the date of the special election.
Vacancy in office of United States Senate
(c) An election to fill a vacancy in the office of United States Senator shall be held concurrently with a regular election as provided in Subtitle 6 of this title.
Requirements for absent uniformed services voters
(d) The State Board shall adopt regulations to establish requirements concerning:
(1) notice to absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters concerning a special election; and
(2) the process for absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters to:
(i) request an absentee ballot for a special election; and
(ii) return an absentee ballot by mail in a timely manner.

Credits

Added as Art. 33, § 8-401, by Acts 1998, c. 585, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. Transferred to Election Law § 8-401 by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2014, c. 261, § 2, eff. Nov. 4, 2014; Acts 2016, c. 282, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2016.
Formerly Art. 33, § 8-401.
MD Code, Election Law, § 8-401, MD ELEC LAW § 8-401
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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