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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.



Subtitle 16 - Provisional Voting

Under Election Law Article 9-403(c), the State Board is required to review before each primary election the regulations governing provisional voting. The proposed regulations in this section are a result of that review.

33.16.02 (Provisional Voting Documents and Supplies)
33.16.04 (Pre-Canvass Procedures)
33.16.05 (Canvass of Ballots – Procedures)
33.16.07 (Post-Election Procedures)

These amended proposed regulations were published in the September 15th issue of the Maryland Register. The public comment period is closed. Adoption of the final regulations were published in the November 13th edition of the Maryland Register and are effective on Thursday, November 23rd.


Campaign Finance Proposed Amended Regulations

33.12.02 (Initiation of Recounts)
33.13.02 (Campaign Finance Report)
33.13.08 (Independent Expenditure Requirements)
33.13.09 (Electioneering Communication Requirements)
33.13.14 (Public Financing)
33.14.02 (Eligibility Requirements and Procedures)
33.20.08 (Penalties)

Proposed New Regulations:

33.13.15 (Political Action Committees)
33.13.16 (Contributions by Business Entities)

These new and amended proposed regulations were published in the November 13th issue of the Maryland Register. The deadline to provide public comment is Wednesday, December 13th.