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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 regulations that have been adopted by the State Board have gone into effect and have been incorporated into the searchable version of COMAR linked in the above paragraph. The final regulations listed below have gone into effect since March 31, 2020. Please note that the text of emergency regulations are NOT listed in the searchable COMAR online and will stay listed here until they expire.

May 14, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 7- Election Day Activities

Subtitle 7, Chapter 03- Officials' Duties Generally

The emergency repeal of Regulation .04 of Subtitle 07, Chapter 03 was adopted by the State Board at its May 14, 2020 meeting, was approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on June 1, 2020, and published in the June 19, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register. The emergency repeal will expire on July 31, 2020.

Subtitle 11- Absentee Ballots

Subtitle 11, Chapter 03- Issuance and Return

The emergency amendments to Subtitle 11 were adopted by the State Board at its May 14, 2020 meeting, was approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on June 1, 2020, and published in the June 19, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register. The emergency amendments will expire on July 31, 2020.

April 22, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 11- Absentee Ballots

Subtitle 11, Chapter 03- Issuance and Return

The emergency amendment to Subtitle 11 was adopted by the State Board at its April 22, 2020 meeting, and approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on May 14, 2020. The emergency regulations will expire on July 31, 2020 and were published in the June 5, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register.

April 13, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 8- Canvassing

Subtitle 8, Chapter 01- Definitions; General Provisions

Subtitle 11- Absentee Ballots

Subtitle 11, Chapter 04- Canvass of Ballots — Procedures

Subtitle 21- Special Elections By Mail

Subtitle 21, Chapter 05- Election Judges

The emergency amendments to Subtitles 8, 11, and 21 were adopted by the State Board at its April 13, 2020 meeting, and approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on May 11, 2020. The emergency regulations will expire on July 31, 2020, and were published in the May 20, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register.

Subtitle 21- Special Elections By Mail

Subtitle 21, Chapter 06- Voting Center Procedures

The emergency repeal of Regulation .01 of Subtitle 21, Chapter 06 was adopted by the State Board at its April 13, 2020 meeting, and approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on May 01, 2020. The emergency repeal will expire on July 31, 2020, and were published in the June 5, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register.

March 25, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 19- Same Day Registration and Address Changes

Subtitle 19, Chapter 01- Definitions, General Provisions

The emergency repeal of Regulation .02 of Subtitle 19, Chapter 02 was adopted by the State Board at its March 25, 2020 meeting, and approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on April 15, 2020. The emergency repeal was published in the May 8, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register, and will expire on July 31, 2020.

January 16, 2020 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 16- Provisional Voting

Subtitle 16, Chapter 03- Issuance of Provisional Ballot

Subtitle 17- Early Voting

Subtitle 17, Chapter 01- Definitions; General Provisions

Subtitle 19- Same Day Registration

Subtitle 19, Chapter 01- Definitions; General Provisions

The amended regulations to Subtitles 16, 17, and 19 were approved at the January 16, 2020 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the April 10, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register, and the 30-day public comment period ended on May 10, 2020. No comments were received. They were adopted by the State Board at its meeting on May 28, 2020, and will be published in the June 19, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register and become effective on June 29, 2020.

Proposed Regulations

There are currently no proposed amendments to regulations.