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§ 10-301.1. Early voting centers

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: January 1, 2017

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 10. Polling Places
Subtitle 3. Polling Place Procedures (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 1, 2017
MD Code, Election Law, § 10-301.1
§ 10-301.1. Early voting centers
Choice of location for voting
(a) Except as provided under Title 9, Subtitle 3 of this article, during any regularly scheduled primary or general election a voter may vote:
(1) in the voter's assigned precinct on election day; or
(2) at an early voting center in the voter's county of residence on any early voting day in accordance with this section.
Number of early voting centers required in county
(b)(1) Each county shall have at least one early voting center established in the county as prescribed in this subsection.
(2) A county with fewer than 125,000 registered voters shall have one early voting center established in the county.
(3) A county with more than 125,000 registered voters but fewer than 200,000 registered voters shall have three early voting centers established in the county.
(4) A county with more than 200,000 registered voters but fewer than 300,000 registered voters shall have four early voting centers established in the county.
(5) A county with more than 300,000 registered voters but fewer than 450,000 registered voters shall have seven early voting centers established in the county.
(6) A county with more than 450,000 registered voters shall have eleven early voting centers.
(7) In addition to the early voting centers required in this subsection, each county with fewer than 200,000 registered voters may establish one additional early voting center if the State Board, in collaboration with the local board, and the governing body of the county agree to establish an additional early voting center.
Designation of early voting centers
(c) No later than 6 months before a primary election, the State Board, in collaboration with the local board in each county, shall designate each early voting center in that county.
Operating times for early voting centers
(d) Each early voting center shall be open for voting as follows:
(1) beginning the second Thursday before a primary or general election through the Thursday before the election; and
(2) during the following hours:
(i) in a presidential general election, during the hours between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each early voting day; and
(ii) in all other elections, during the hours between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. each early voting day.
Requirements of § 10-101
(e) Each early voting center shall satisfy the requirements of § 10-101 of this title.
Information about early voting
(f) Beginning 30 days prior to each early voting period the State Board and each local board shall undertake steps to inform the public about early voting and the location of early voting centers in each county, including:
(1) a series of public service media announcements;
(2) mailings to all registered voters in each county; and
(3) other measures as appropriate.
Construction with other voting provisions
(g) Except as expressly provided in this section, any provision of this article that applies to voting on election day also applies to early voting.
Regulations and guidelines
(h) The State Board shall adopt regulations and guidelines in accordance with the requirements of this section for the conduct of early voting.

Credits

Added by Acts 2009, c. 445, § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 2009. Amended by Acts 2009, c. 60, § 5, eff. April 14, 2009; Acts 2013, c. 157, § 3, eff. July 1, 2013; Acts 2013, c. 158, § 3, eff. July 1, 2013; Acts 2016, c. 7, § 1, eff. March 14, 2016; Acts 2016, c. 288, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2017.

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
2009 Legislation
Acts 2009, c. 60, § 5, made technical corrections to the Code.
2013 Legislation
Acts 2013, c. 157, § 3, and Acts 2013, c. 158, § 3, rewrote subsecs. (b) and (d), which previously had read:
“(b)(1) Each county shall have at least one early voting center established in the county as prescribed in this subsection.
“(2) A county with fewer than 150,000 registered voters shall have one early voting center established in the county.
“(3) A county with more than 150,000 but fewer than 300,000 registered voters shall have three early voting centers established in the county.
“(4) A county with more than 300,000 registered voters shall have five early voting centers established in the county.”
“(d) Each early voting center shall be open for voting as follows:
“(1) for the 2010 gubernatorial primary and general elections:
“(i) beginning the second Friday before a primary or general election through the Thursday before the elections, but excluding Sunday; and
“(ii) during the hours between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and
“(2) for the 2012 presidential primary and general elections:
“(i) beginning the second Saturday before a primary or general election through the Thursday before the elections; and
“(ii) 1. during the hours between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the Saturday and the Monday through the Thursday during the early voting period; and
“2. during the hours between 12 noon and 6 p.m. on the Sunday during the early voting period.”
2016 Legislation
Acts 2016, c. 7, § 1, in (b)(5), inserted “Except as provided in paragraph (7) of the subsection,” at the beginning, and added (b)(7).
Acts 2016, c. 7, §§ 2 and 3, provide:
“SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That, notwithstanding the deadline established in § 10-301.1(c) of the Election Law Article, this Act shall be applied to and interpreted to require that Montgomery County have 10 early voting centers for the 2016 election cycle and that the tenth early voting center be located at the Potomac Community Recreation Center, if available, or, if not, at another facility that serves the Potomac area community.
“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 through December 31, 2016, and, at the end of December 31, 2016, with no further action required by the General Assembly, this Act shall be abrogated and of no further force and effect.”
Acts 2016, c. 288, § 1, in subsec. (b), par. (3), substituted “200,000 registered voters” for “300,000 registered voters”; added a new par. (4); redesignated former pars. (4), (5) and (6) as pars. (5), (6), and (7); in the new par. (5), substituted “seven” for “five”; in the new par. (6), substituted “eleven” for “eight”; and in the new par. (7), inserted “with fewer than 200,000 registered voters” following “each county”.
Prior Laws:
Election Law § 10-301.1, added by Acts 2006, c. 5, § 1, eff. Feb. 16, 2006, amended by Acts 2006, c. 61, § 1, eff. April 10, 2006, related to early polling places and their locations in Maryland, repealed by Acts 2007, c. 513, § 3, eff. June 1, 2007.
MD Code, Election Law, § 10-301.1, MD ELEC LAW § 10-301.1
Current through all legislation from the 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly
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