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2024 General Assembly Session Election Legislation

This year, our Democracy Team will not be active during the legislative sessions, but we will be tracking a number of relevant bills. 
Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Synopsis
Absentee Ballots
HB0202
Delegate Long, R.
Election Law - Absentee Ballots - Signature Requirements and Verification
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Prohibiting a local board of elections from removing an absentee ballot from a return envelope or ballot/return envelope or counting the ballot unless the return envelope or ballot/return envelope is signed by the voter and, except under certain circumstances, a witness and the local board verifies the voter's signature; and providing that the witness signature requirement does not apply to active duty uniformed services members serving overseas or their spouses or dependents who live overseas.
Absentee Voters
HB0164
Delegate Long, R.
Election Law - Voter Registration List - Absentee Voters (Absentee Ballot Transparency Act of 2024)
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Requiring the State Board of Elections or a local board of elections, on request of a candidate, to provide the candidate with a list of registered voters who have requested an absentee ballot for an upcoming election; and requiring that the list of absentee voters provided include the email address and telephone number of each voter on the list, if the information is available.
Article V Amendments Convention
HB1202
SB1073
Delegate Fisher
Amendments Convention Called Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution - Delegation to the Convention
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Rules and Executive Nominations
Requiring the General Assembly to appoint a delegation to an amendments convention called under Article V of the U.S. Constitution and an advisory committee under certain circumstances and in accordance with certain requirements; providing for the membership of the delegation; providing for the qualifications, oath, compensation, and duties of a commissioner to the delegation; establishing the operations of the delegation and the advisory committee; etc.
Article V Amendments Convention
SB1073
HB1202
Senator Ready
Amendments Convention Called Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution - Delegation to the Convention
Hearing 3/01 at 9:00 a.m.
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring the General Assembly to appoint a delegation to an amendments convention called under Article V of the U.S. Constitution and an advisory committee under certain circumstances and in accordance with certain requirements; providing for the membership of the delegation; providing for the qualifications, oath, compensation, and duties of a commissioner to the delegation; establishing the operations of the delegation and the advisory committee; etc.
Assembly Vacancy
HB0347
SB0140
Delegate Palakovich Carr
General Assembly Vacancy - Political Party Central Committees - Procedures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Establishing requirements for the filling of a vacancy in the office of Senator or Delegate in the General Assembly by a central committee of a political party under the Maryland Constitution relating to applications, public notice, public meetings, and voting; and requiring a member of the central committee who has applied to fill the vacancy to recuse themselves from voting on the individual to fill the vacancy.
Assembly Vacancy
SB0140
HB0347
Senator Lam
General Assembly Vacancy - Political Party Central Committees - Procedures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Establishing requirements for the filling of a vacancy in the office of Senator or Delegate in the General Assembly by a central committee of a political party under the Maryland Constitution relating to applications, public notice, public meetings, and voting; and requiring a member of the central committee who has applied to fill the vacancy to recuse themselves from voting on the individual to fill the vacancy.
Automatic Registration
HB1088
SB0605
Delegate Feldmark
Election Law - Automatic Voter Registration - Alterations
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Altering automatic voter registration procedures at the Motor Vehicle Administration and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; establishing requirements regarding the transmission of automatic voter registration information by the Administration and the Exchange, the processing of the voter registration information by the State Board of Elections, and the sending of notices by the State Board and the Exchange; etc.
Automatic Registration
SB0605
HB1088
Senator Washington, M.
Election Law - Automatic Voter Registration - Alterations
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Altering automatic voter registration procedures at the Motor Vehicle Administration and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; establishing requirements regarding the transmission of automatic voter registration information by the Administration and the Exchange, the processing of the voter registration information by the State Board of Elections, and the sending of notices by the State Board and the Exchange; etc.
Ballot Questions-Plain Language
HB1343
SB0495
Delegate Attar
Election Law - Petitions and Ballot Questions - Plain Language Requirement
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Requiring that a certain statement included on the signature page of a petition seeking to place a question on the ballot and a certain statement about the purpose of a question on the ballot be written in plain language reasonably calculated to be understood by an individual who has attained not higher than a grade 6 level of reading comprehension.
Ballot Questions-Plain Language
SB0495
HB1343
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Petitions and Ballot Questions - Plain Language Requirement
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring that a certain statement included on the signature page of a petition seeking to place a question on the ballot and a certain statement about the purpose of a question on the ballot be written in plain language reasonably calculated to be understood by an individual who has attained not higher than a grade 6 level of reading comprehension.
Ballot questions-plain language Summary
HB1342
Delegate Feldmark
Elections – Ballot Questions – Publication of Proposed Laws and Plain Language Summary
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Requiring the State Board of Elections and each applicable local board of elections to post the complete text and a plain language summary of certain proposed language or enactments relating to certain ballot questions for at least 65 days before the general election; requiring that a statement of purpose of a ballot question be written in plain easily understandable language; and prohibiting the questions from appearing on the ballot unless the proposed language or the enactment has been written.
Campaign Finance
HB0792
SB0016
Delegate Jones, D.
Election Law - Campaign Finance - Draft Committees and Exploratory Committees
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Applying certain campaign finance requirements for a political committee to draft committees and exploratory committees; establishing requirements and prohibitions for draft and exploratory committees relating to the establishment of the committees, receipt of funds, and permissible disbursements; requiring an authorized candidate campaign committee that results from the draft committee or exploratory committee to make any equipment purchases from the draft committee or exploratory committee at the fair market value of the equipment; etc.
Campaign Finance
SB0016
HB0792
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Campaign Finance - Draft Committees and Exploratory Committees
First Reading Ways and Means
Ways and Means
Applying certain campaign finance requirements for a political committee to draft committees and exploratory committees; establishing requirements and prohibitions for draft and exploratory committees relating to the establishment of the committees, receipt of funds, and permissible disbursements; requiring an authorized candidate campaign committee that results from the draft committee or exploratory committee to make any equipment purchases from the draft committee or exploratory committee at the fair market value of the equipment; etc.
Election Law Revisions
SB0271
HB0014
Chair, Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee
Election Law - Revisions
First Reading Ways and Means
Senate Floor
Altering the information that clerks of the circuit court for each county and administrative clerks for each District Court are required to report to the State Administrator of Elections to include the names of individuals convicted of a felony and sentenced to imprisonment with commitment papers; requiring a certain public official to make a certain building available to a local board of elections for early voting in accordance with a certain provision of law; requiring each local board to establish a certain appeals process; etc.
Election disinformation
HB0333
Delegate Rosenberg
Election Law - Election Disinformation on Large Social Media Platforms and Influence Related to Voting
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Requiring each large social media platform of more than 1,000,000 monthly active users in the United States to make reasonable efforts to prevent, detect, and remove accounts and posts that communicate election disinformation in the State; requiring a large social media platform to report election disinformation by providing certain information to the State Board of Elections within 48 hours after the large social media platform becomes aware of an account or a post that communicates election disinformation; etc.
In-Person Voting - Proof of Identity
SB0772
Senator Ready
Elections - In-Person Voting - Proof of Identity
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring an election judge to establish a voter's identity by requiring the voter to present a valid government-issued photo identification or a valid nongovernment-issued photo identification, and a current bill, statement, or check that states the voter's name and address as proof of identity; requiring a voter to vote a provisional ballot if the voter is unable to provide certain proof of identity; and prohibiting a person from knowingly and willfully voting or attempting to vote under a false form of identification.
Inernet-delivered ballots-study
SB0709
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Absentee Ballots - Internet-Delivered Absentee Ballot Study
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring the State Board of Elections to submit a report on the costs and resources required to process Internet-delivered absentee ballots during elections in the State to the Senate Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on or before September 1, 2024.
Interference with Legislative Proceeding
HB0128
Delegate Rosenberg
Crimes - Interfering With a Legislative Proceeding
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Judiciary
Prohibiting a person from intentionally threatening a witness or retaliating against a witness or intentionally soliciting another to threaten a witness or retaliate against a witness to affect testimony before a legislative body in a legislative proceeding; and providing certain penalties.
Party and Elected Public Offices
HB0080
SB0812
Delegate Boyce
Election Law - Party and Elected Public Offices - Prohibition
First Reading Education, Energy, and the Environment
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Altering the application of provisions of law that prohibit an individual from simultaneously being a candidate for more than one public office or office of a political party; prohibiting individuals from simultaneously being a candidate for, or holding, a party office and an elected public office; and providing the Act does not apply to an individual on the ballot for the national presidential nominating convention or who holds the office of delegate to the national presidential nominating convention.
Party and Elected Public Offices
SB0812
HB0080
Senator Ellis
Election Law - Party and Elected Public Offices - Prohibition
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Altering the application of provisions of law that prohibit an individual from simultaneously being a candidate for more than one public office or office of a political party; and prohibiting individuals from simultaneously being a candidate for, or holding, a party office and an elected public office.
Political Organizations
HB0494
SB0458
Delegate Palakovich Carr
Campaign Finance – Political Organizations – Prohibitions and Disclosures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Prohibiting certain political organizations from fraudulently claiming to be acting on behalf of a candidate or political party; prohibiting certain political organizations from making expenditures or disbursements to an entity owned or controlled by certain individuals; prohibiting certain political organizations from employing certain individuals or allowing certain individuals to volunteer on behalf of the political organization; requiring certain political organizations to make certain disclosures; etc.
Political Organizations
SB0458
HB0494
Senator Kagan
Campaign Finance - Political Organizations - Prohibitions and Disclosures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Prohibiting certain political organizations from fraudulently claiming to be acting on behalf of a candidate or political party; prohibiting certain political organizations from making expenditures or disbursements to an entity owned or controlled by certain individuals; prohibiting certain political organizations from employing certain individuals or allowing certain individuals to volunteer on behalf of the political organization; requiring certain political organizations to make certain disclosures; etc.
Post-Election Procedures
HB0471
SB0494
Delegate Fair
Election Law - Postelection Procedures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Altering the records and documents that a board of canvassers is required to investigate under certain circumstances; altering the responsibilities of the State Board of Elections and the Board of State Canvassers regarding the certification of election results; authorizing the members of the Board of State Canvassers to appoint certain designees to serve on the Board of State Canvassers; and altering the responsibilities of the Governor regarding election results.
Post-Election Procedures
SB0494
HB0471
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Postelection Procedures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Altering the records and documents that a board of canvassers is required to investigate under certain circumstances; altering the responsibilities of the State Board of Elections and the Board of State Canvassers regarding the certification of election results; authorizing the members of the Board of State Canvassers to appoint certain designees to serve on the Board of State Canvassers; and altering the responsibilities of the Governor regarding election results.
Ranked Choice Voting
SB0493
Senator Kagan
Elections – Ranked–Choice Voting – Contests for Presidential Nomination in 2028
Hearing 3/01 at 9:00 a.m.
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring that, in the 2028 statewide primary election, each contest for the nomination by a political party of a candidate for the office of President of the United States be conducted using ranked-choice voting; and requiring the State Board of Elections to develop and pay the cost of a certain voter education campaign and conduct and pay the cost of a survey of voters after the primary election to gauge the satisfaction of the voters with ranked-choice voting.
Recount procedures
HB0371
SB0115
Delegate Grossman
Election Law - Recounts - Procedures
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Requiring a petitioner for a recount to select the method for conducting the recount; limiting the methods from which the selection must be made; and requiring a local board of elections to preserve and store certain voter-verifiable paper records in a certain manner and count duplicate ballots in a manual recount after a certain review.
Recount procedures
SB0115
HB0371
Senator Kagan
Election Law – Recounts – Procedures
First Reading Ways and Means
Ways and Means
Requiring a petitioner for a recount to select the method for conducting the recount; limiting the methods from which the selection must be made; requiring a local board of elections to preserve and store certain voter-verifiable paper records in a certain manner and count the voter-verifiable paper record in a manual recount after a certain review; and establishing the process for an automated recount.
Revisions
HB0014
SB0271
Chair, Ways and Means Committee
Election Law - Revisions
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Altering the information that clerks of the circuit court for each county and administrative clerks for each District Court are required to report to the State Administrator of Elections to include the names of persons convicted of a felony and currently serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment; requiring a public official responsible for the use of a public building requested by a local board of elections for an early voting center to make the building available to the local board in accordance with a certain provision of law; etc.
Risk-Limiting Post-election Audits
HB0040
SB0523
Delegate Kaiser
Election Law - Postelection Tabulation Audits - Risk-Limiting Audits
First Reading Education, Energy, and the Environment
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring the State Board of Elections, in collaboration with the local boards of elections, to conduct a risk-limiting audit after each statewide election; authorizing the State Board, in collaboration with the local boards, to conduct a risk-limiting audit after a special general election; authorizing, rather than requiring, the State Board, in collaboration with the local boards, to conduct an automated software audit after a statewide election; etc.
Risk-Limiting Post-election Audits
SB0523
HB0040
Senator Washington, M.
Election Law - Postelection Tabulation Audits - Risk-Limiting Audits
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring the State Board of Elections, in collaboration with the local boards of elections, to conduct a risk-limiting audit after each statewide election; authorizing the State Board, in collaboration with the local boards, to conduct a risk-limiting audit after a special general election; authorizing, rather than requiring, the State Board, in collaboration with the local boards, to conduct an automated software audit after a statewide election; etc.
School Board Elections-16 yr old voters
HB0373
Delegate Vogel
Election Law - Voting Age - Board of Education Elections
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Authorizing the General Assembly to provide by suitable enactment the authority of a county to lower the age at which an individual may vote in an election for members of an elected county board of education; authorizing a county to enact a local law that allows an individual who is at least 16 years of age to vote in an election for members of an elected county board of education; submitting the amendment to the Maryland Constitution to the qualified voters of the State for adoption or rejection; etc.
Sending Absentee Ballot Applications
HB1489
SB0824
Delegate Wilkins
Election Law - Absentee Ballot Application - Sending to Eligible Voters Before Primary Elections
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Rules and Executive Nominations
Requiring each local board of elections to send the absentee ballot application approved by the State Board of Elections to each eligible voter at least 60 days before each statewide primary election, unless the voter has permanent absentee ballot status.
Sending Absentee Ballot Applications
SB0824
HB1489
Senator Kramer
Election Law – Absentee Ballot Application – Sending to Eligible Voters Before Primary Elections
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring each local board of elections to send the absentee ballot application approved by the State Board of Elections to each eligible voter at least 60 days before each statewide primary election, unless the voter has permanent absentee ballot status.
Single Member Districts
HB0182
Delegate Bouchat
Districting - Single Member Districts and Legislative and Congressional Redistricting and Apportionment Convention
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
Rules and Executive Nominations
Requiring that each legislative district established for the purpose of electing members of the House of Delegates consist of a certain number of single-member delegate districts; requiring the General Assembly to enact a law establishing and governing a Legislative and Congressional Redistricting and Apportionment Convention to establish legislative and congressional districts and establishing certain requirements regarding the Redistricting Convention; establishing the Redistricting Convention; etc.
Special elections
SB0029
Senator Kagan
General Assembly - Special Election to Fill a Vacancy in Office
First Reading Ways and Means
Senate Floor
Requiring that a special election be held at the same time as the regular statewide primary and general elections that are held in the second year of a term to fill a vacancy in the office of Delegate or Senator in the General Assembly if the vacancy occurs before a certain date.
Unaffiliated Voters
HB0257
SB0099
Delegate Qi
Election Law - Affiliating With a Party and Voting - Unaffiliated Voters
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Authorizing unaffiliated voters to request to affiliate with a political party at an early voting center during a primary election and vote a provisional ballot for the voter's preferred political party.
Unaffiliated Voters
SB0099
HB0257
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Affiliating with a Party and Voting - Unaffiliated Voters
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Authorizing unaffiliated voters to request to affiliate with a political party at an early voting center during a primary election and vote a provisional ballot for the voter's preferred political party.
Voter Identity
HB0142
Delegate Long, R.
Election Law - Polling Places - Establishing Voter Identity (Voter Privacy Act of 2024)
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Authorizing a voter to establish the voter's identity at the request of an election judge at a polling place by presenting the voter's registration card, a valid Maryland driver's license, or certain other identification that contains a photograph.
Voter Identity
HB0192
Delegate Long, R.
Elections - In-Person Voting - Proof of Identity
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Ways and Means
Requiring an election judge to establish a voter's identity by requiring the voter to present a valid government-issued photo identification or a valid nongovernment-issued photo identification, and a current bill, statement, or check that states the voter's name and address as proof of identity; requiring a voter to vote a provisional ballot if the voter is unable to provide certain proof of identity; and prohibiting a person from knowingly and willfully voting or attempting to vote under a false form of identification.
Voter registration Age
SB0515
Senator Washington, A.
Elections - Voter Registration Age - Alteration
Hearing held awaiting committee vote
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Altering, from 16 years old to 15 years and 9 months old, the age at which an individual may register to vote.
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