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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 August 29, 2019.

July 25, 2019 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 19- Same Day Registration

Subtitle 19, Chapter 1- Definitions; General Provisions
Subtitle 19, Chapter 3- Election Judges
Subtitle 19, Chapter 4- Processing New Registrants and Address Changes

These new and proposed regulations were approved at the July 25, 2019 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the Maryland Register on September 13, 2019. The deadline to provide public comment was Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The proposed amended regulations were adopted as proposed for final action by the State Board on October 31, 2019. They were published in the Maryland Register on November 08, 2019 and became effective November 18, 2019.

June 27, 2019 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 16- Provisional Voting

Subtitle 16, Chapter 2- Provisional Voting Documents and Supplies
Subtitle 16, Chapter 3- Issuance of a Provisional Ballot
Subtitle 16, Chapter 4- Pre-Canvass Procedures
Subtitle 16, Chapter 5- Canvass of Ballots — Procedures

These proposed amended regulations were approved at the June 27, 2019 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the Maryland Register on August 30, 2019. The deadline to provide public comment was Monday, September 30, 2019. The proposed amended regulations were adopted as proposed for final action by the State Board on October 31, 2019. They will be published in the Maryland Register on November 22, 2019 and became effective December 2, 2019.

Proposed Regulations

September 26, 2019 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 01- Definitions

Subtitle 01, Chapter 1- Definitions

Subtitle 19- Same Day Registration and Address Changes

Subtitle 19- Chapter 02- Public Notice

Subtitle 19- Chapter 04- Processing New Registrants and Address Changes

The amended regulations to Subtitles 1 and 19 were approved at the September 26, 2019 meeting of the State Board.

Subtitle 10- Voting Systems — System Requirements and Procedures

Subtitle 10, Chapter 01- EVS Voting Solution

These regulations were approved at the September 26, 2019 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the November 8, 2019 issue of the Maryland Register.

August 22, 2019 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 02- Meetings and Training

Subtitle 11, Chapter 4- Election Day Page Program

These new regulations were approved at the August 22, 2019 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the Maryland Register on October 11, 2019. The deadline to provide comment was Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Subtitle 11- Absentee Voting

Subtitle 11, Chapter 1- Definitions; General Provisions
Subtitle 11, Chapter 03- Issuance and Return

These new regulations were approved at the August 22, 2019 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the Maryland Register on October 11, 2019. The deadline to provide comment is Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

November 29, 2018 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 8- Canvassing

Subtitle 8, Chapter 5- Post Election Verification and Audit

These new and proposed regulations were approved at the November 29, 2018 meeting of the State Board. They were published in the Maryland Register on October 11, 2019. The deadline to provide comment is Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 

October 4, 2018 State Board Meeting

Subtitle 13- Campaign Finance

Subtitle 13, Chapter 21- Online Platforms

These new proposed regulations were published in the March 1st issue of the Maryland Register. The deadline to provide public comment was Monday, April 1st.