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Code of Maryland Regulations

State agencies with the authority to adopt regulations must follow the State's Administrative Procedures Act, State Government Article, §10-101 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland, when adopting regulations. These requirements include review by the Maryland General Assembly's Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review Committee, publication in the Maryland Register, and public comment on proposed new regulations and changes to existing regulations.

The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) is organized by title, with the name of title corresponding to the name of the agency with authority to adopt regulations. For example, the State Board of Elections is authorized under section 2-102 of the Election Law Article to adopt regulations to implement its powers and duties. Regulations adopted by the State Board of Elections are located in Title 33 - State Board of Elections of COMAR.

The State's Division of State Documents publishes COMAR in two formats. The Division has an online, searchable version of COMAR and sells a printed version. The online version is updated as soon as a proposed regulation is effective, and updates to the printed version are printed bi-annually.

Final Regulations

All final non-emergency regulations that have been adopted by the State Board and have gone into effect as of September 30, 2020 have been incorporated into the searchable version of COMAR linked in the above paragraph.

July 23, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 19- Same Day Registration and Address Changes
Subtitle 19, Chapter 02- Public Notice

At its July 23rd meeting, the State Board approved an emergency amendment to Regulation .01 of Subtitle 19, Chapter 2, and was approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on August 20, 2020. It was published in the September 11, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register, and will expire on December 31, 2020.

August 12, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 02- Meetings and Trainings
Subtitle 02, Chapter 03- Judges’ Manuals and Training

Subtitle 08-Canvassing
Subtitle 08, Chapter 01- Definitions; General Provisions

Subtitle 11- Absentee Ballots
Subtitle 11, Chapter 03- Absentee Ballots

Subtitle 17- Early Voting
Subtitle 17, Chapter 05- Election Judges

At its August 12th meeting, the State Board approved emergency amendments to Regulation .04 of Subtitle 02, Chapter 3; Regulation .02 of Subtitle 08, Chapter 01; Regulations .06 and .08 of Subtitle 11, Chapter 03; and Regulation .01 of Subtitle 17, Chapter 05. These amendments were approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on September 4, 2020, published in the September 25, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register, and will expire on December 31, 2020.

August 28, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 17- Early Voting
Subtitle 17, Chapter 02- Early Voting Centers

At its August 28th meeting, the State Board approved an emergency amendment to Regulation .02 of Subtitle 17, Chapter 02. This amendment was approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on September 25, 2020, and will expire on December 31, 2020. It will be published in a future issue of the Maryland Register.


September 4, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 11- Absentee Ballots
Subtitle 11, Chapter 02- Applications
Subtitle 11, Chapter 04- Canvass of Ballots — Procedures
Subtitle 11, Chapter 05- Canvass of Ballots — Rejecting Ballots

Subtitle 16- Provisional Ballots
Subtitle 16, Chapter 06- Canvass of Ballot — Rejecting Ballots

At its September 4th meeting, the State Board approved an emergency amendment to Regulation .05 of Subtitle 11, Chapter 02; Regulations .01 and .03 of Subtitle 11, Chapter 04; Regulation .04 of Subtitle 11, Chapter 05; and Regulation .04 of Subtitle 16, Chapter 06. These amendments were submitted for approval to the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee. If approved, the amendments will expire on December 31, 2020, and will be published in a future issue of the Maryland Register.

September 11, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 08- Canvassing
Subtitle 08, Chapter 05- Post Election Verification and Audit

At its September 11, 2020 meeting, the State Board approved emergency amendments to Regulations .01 and .04 of Subtitle 08, Chapter 05. These amendments were approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on October 2, 2020 and will be published in the October 23rd issue of the Maryland Register. They will expire on March 30, 2021.

Proposed Regulations

July 23, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 19- Same Day Registration and Address Changes
Subtitle 19, Chapter 02- Public Notice

At its July 23rd meeting, the State Board approved an amendment to Regulation .01 of Subtitle 19, Chapter 02. This amendment was published in the September 11, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register for public comment. The public comment period ended on October 11, 2020. The amendment will be presented for final adoption by the State Board at its meeting on December 4, 2020.

October 8, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 8- Canvassing
Subtitle 8, Chapter 01- Definitions, General Provisions
Subtitle 17- Early Voting
Subtitle 17, Chapter 6- Early Voting Activities

At its October 8th meeting, the State Board adopted emergency amendments to Regulations .02-1 of Subtitle 08, Chapter 01, and Regulation .05 of Subtitle 17, Chapter 6. These amendments were submitted for approval to the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee, If approved, the amendments will expire on December 31, 2020 and will be published in a future issue of the Maryland Register.

Subtitle 8- Canvassing
Subtitle 8, Chapter 01- Definitions, General Provisions

At its October 8th meeting, the State Board also approved non-emergency amendments to Regulations .02-1 of Subtitle 08, Chapter 01, and Regulation .05 of Subtitle 17, Chapter 6. These amendments will be published in a future issue of the Maryland Register for a 30-day public comment period.