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2023 General Assembly Session Election Legislation

This year, our Democracy Task Force, Economic Justice Task Force, Gun violence Task Force and Health Care Task Force 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-verification
HB0022
Delegate Long, R.
Election Law - Absentee Ballots - Signature Requirements and Verification
Hearing 1/31 at 1:00 p.m.
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.
Ballot processing
HB0535
SB0379
Delegate Feldmark
Election Law - Ballots - Processing and Reporting Procedures
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Altering the procedures for the canvassing of and curing of errors on absentee and provisional ballots; repealing the requirements that a certain statement of election results be by precinct and that the local boards of elections publish copies of the complete election results in a certain manner; and requiring that a certain report of election results by the State Board of Elections be reported by precinct, including reports of the early, absentee, and provisional vote.
Ballot processing
SB0379
HB0535
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Ballots - Processing and Reporting Procedures
Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Altering the procedures for the canvassing of and curing of errors on absentee and provisional ballots; repealing the requirements that a certain statement of election results be by precinct and that the local boards of elections publish copies of the complete election results in a certain manner; and requiring that a certain report of election results by the State Board of Elections be reported by precinct, including reports of the early, absentee, and provisional vote.
Ballot question publication
HB0177
SB0089
Delegate Feldmark
Elections - Ballot Questions - Publication of Proposed Laws
Hearing 1/31 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Requiring the State Board of Elections and each applicable local board of elections to post the complete text of certain proposed language or enactments relating to certain ballot questions for at least 65 days before the general election; and prohibiting the questions from appearing on the ballot unless the proposed language or the enactment has been written.
Ballot question publication
SB0089
HB0177
Senator Carter
Elections - Ballot Questions - Publication of Proposed Laws
Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Requiring the State Board of Elections and each applicable local board of elections to post the complete text of certain proposed language or enactments relating to certain ballot questions for at least 65 days before the general election; and prohibiting the questions from appearing on the ballot unless the proposed language or the enactment has been written.
Campaign finance-exploratory comm.
HB0441
SB0111
Delegate Jones, D.
Election Law - Campaign Finance - Draft Committees and Exploratory Committees
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Applying certain campaign finance requirements for a political committee to draft committees and exploratory committees; and establishing requirements and prohibitions for draft committees and exploratory committees relating to the establishment of the committees, receipt of funds, and permissible disbursements.
Campaign finance-exploratory comm.
SB0111
HB0441
Senator Kagan
Election Law - Campaign Finance - Draft Committees and Exploratory Committees
Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
Education, Energy, and the Environment
Applying certain campaign finance requirements for a political committee to draft committees and exploratory committees; and establishing requirements and prohibitions for draft committees and exploratory committees relating to the establishment of the committees, receipt of funds, and permissible disbursements.
Curbside voting
HB0041
Delegate Williams
Election Law - Curbside Voting - Establishment
Hearing 1/31 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Providing that voters are eligible for curbside voting under certain circumstances; requiring that curbside voting be made available to all registered voters with disabilities; and establishing requirements governing curbside voting, including requirements related to the establishment of curbside voting locations and how to vote at a curbside voting location.
Election reform
HB0410
Delegate Rosenberg
Election Reform Act of 2023
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Prohibiting a local board of elections from voting to change the location of a polling place unless the local board first holds a meeting to discuss the proposed change and provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to testify; prohibiting a person from influencing or attempting to influence through certain means a voter's decision whether to vote by any lawful means; authorizing the official custodian for a board of elections to temporarily deny inspection of a public record under certain circumstances; etc.
In-person voting proof of identity
HB0035
Delegate Long, R.
Elections - In-Person Voting - Proof of Identity
Hearing 1/31 at 1:00 p.m.
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.
Ranked choice voting-Montgomery
HB0344
Montgomery County Delegation
Montgomery County – Voting Methods MC 03–23
Hearing 2/07 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Authorizing the Montgomery County Council to adopt, by law, a ranked choice voting method or an approval voting method for elections for certain local offices; and authorizing the Montgomery County Council to provide for the format of ballots to be used in an election conducted by ranked choice voting or approval voting.
Ranked choice voting-Tacoma Park
HB0334
Montgomery County Delegation
Voting Systems - Ranked Choice Voting and Inclusion of City of Takoma Park Municipal Elections on the State Ballot MC 7-23
Hearing 2/07 at 1:00 p.m.
Ways and Means
Prohibiting the State Board of Elections from certifying a voting system unless the State Board determines that the voting system will be capable of tabulating ballots cast in an election conducted using ranked choice voting; requiring the State Board to acquire additional voting machines and independent software to tabulate ranked choice voting results if City of Takoma Park municipal elections are approved by the State Board to appear on the State ballot; etc.
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