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§ 11-101. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandElection LawEffective: October 1, 2023

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Election Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 11. Canvassing
Subtitle 1. Definitions (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2023
MD Code, Election Law, § 11-101
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 33, § 11-101
§ 11-101. Definitions
In general
(a) In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.
Board of canvassers
(b) “Board of canvassers” means the local board of elections in a county after the local board organizes itself for the purpose of canvassing the vote for an election in that county.
Canvass
(c)(1) “Canvass” means the entire process of vote tallying, vote tabulation, and vote verification, culminating in the production and certification of the official election results.
(2) For absentee ballots, the “canvass” includes the opening of any envelope accompanying an absentee ballot and the assembly and review of absentee ballots in preparation for vote tallying.
(3) For provisional ballots, the “canvass” includes the review of the provisional ballot applications described in § 11-303 of this title and the assembly and review of provisional ballots in preparation for vote tallying.
(4) For votes cast during early voting, the “canvass” includes the vote tabulation of votes cast during early voting.
(5) For votes cast in a special election conducted by mail under Title 9, Subtitle 5 of this article, the “canvass” includes:
(i) the opening of any envelope accompanying a vote-by-mail ballot and the assembly and review of vote-by-mail ballots in preparation for vote tabulation; and
(ii) the tabulation of vote-by-mail ballots.
Counting center
(d) “Counting center” means one or more central locations designated by a local board to conduct the canvass.
Removable data storage device
(e) “Removable data storage device” means a read-only memory device that is programmed to record votes as they are cast on an electronic voting system.
Unofficial returns
(f)(1) “Unofficial returns” means vote totals reported on election night after the polls close.
(2) “Unofficial returns” does not include the provisional ballot count.
Vote tabulation or vote counting
(g) “Vote tabulation” or “vote counting” means the aggregation of the votes cast by individual voters to produce vote totals at any level.
Vote tallying
(h) “Vote tallying” means the recording of votes cast by individual voters on a certified voting system.

Credits

Added as Art. 33, § 11-101, by Acts 1998, c. 585, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. Transferred to Election Law § 11-101 by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 291, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, c. 379, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2015, c. 318, § 1, eff. July 1, 2015; Acts 2016, c. 357, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2016; Acts 2016, c. 358, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2016; Acts 2023, c. 151, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2023; Acts 2023, c. 152, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2023.
Formerly Art. 33, § 11-101.
MD Code, Election Law, § 11-101, MD ELEC LAW § 11-101
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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