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With all Amendments thereto, including the Acts of the Regular

Session of the General Assembly of 1922;
also containing the Primary Election Law, and the
Corrupt Practices Law, AbsentVoting Law, Baltimore
City Annexation Law, and all other Laws of
Maryland pertaining to Elections,
together with extracts from
the Federal and State

Constitutions.

1923

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1922

PRESS OF MEYER & THALHEIMEP

BALTIMORE. MD

ELECTION LAW

Article 33 of Bagby's Annotated Code of Maryland, title "Elections," as amended by the Acts of 1922.

Chapter 202, Acts of 1896.

1. The Governor biennially, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate if in session, and if not in session, then the Governor alone, shall appoint, in each and every county of the State and in the city of Baltimore, three persons who shall constitute and be styled “The Board of Supervisors of Election of the respective counties and of said city." Said supervisors shall be residents and voters in their respective counties or in the city of Baltimore, as the case may be, and two of them shall always be selected from the two leading political parties of the State, one from each of said parties. They shall be men of high character and integrity and of recognized business capacity. Before appointing such supervisors of elections the Governor shall request the State Central Committees, representing each of the two leading political parties of the State in each county and in said city, as the case may be, to designate at least four eligible candidates for the position of supervisor of elections in their respective counties and in said city, and the Governor shall appoint one of the persons so designated for any particular county or for said city, unless, in his judgment, all of said persons shall be unfit or incompetent for said position, in which case he shall file a written statement to that effect with the Secretary of State, setting forth such fact, and the grounds therefor, and thereupon he shall call upon the said committee for the city or county, as the case may be, for another list of six names and from said list and the original list he shall make the appointment.

Chapter 1, Acts of 1920, Extraordinary Session. IA. Wherever in this Article words or phrases are used denoting the masculine gender they shall be taken to include the feminine gender.

Chapter 202, Acts of 1896. 2. Each Supervisor of Elections of Baltimore city shall receive an annual salary of fifteen hundred dollars and each Supervisor of Elections of any of the counties of this State shall receive an annual salary of one hundred dollars, which

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salary may, in counties having more than fifteen polling places, be increased by the County Commissioners, in their discretion, to an amount not exceeding one hundred and fifty dollars. These salaries and all other expenses incurred by them under this Article shall, upon their requisition, be audited by the County Commissioners of their respective counties or by the Comptroller of Baltimore city, as the case may be, who shall pay the same by warrant drawn upon the proper officers of their county or of said city.*

Chapter 202, Acts of 1896. 3. Before entering upon the duties of their office said Supervisors of Elections shall each take and subscribe the oath prescribed in the sixth section of the first Article of the Constitution and also an oath to perform faithfully and honestly the duties imposed upon them by law. These oaths shall be taken before and duly recorded by the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the county or of the Superior Court of Baltimore city, as the case may be, who shall be entitled to a fee of twenty-five cents for each oath, to be paid by the Supervisor. Within twenty days after their appointment the Supervisors of Election for each county and for the city of Baltimore, respectively, shall organize as a board by electing one of their number as president; and they shall hold office for two years and until their successors are appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed, for good cause shown, by the Governor who shall have power to so remove them at any time upon written charges, after notice and hearing.

Chapter 202, Acts of 1896. 4. In case of any vacancy in the number of said Supervisors of Election occurring when the Legislature is not in session, the Governor shall appoint some eligible person to fill such vacancy during the remainder of the term of office of the person originally appointed; but if the latter was appointed as the representative of a political party, then only a person belonging to the same political party shall be eligible as his successor; and it shall be the duty of the Governor before appointing such successor to request the State Central Committee representing such political party in the county or city, as the case may be, to designate candidates for such successor in the same manner as in the case of an original appointment; and if the Governor shall see fit not to appoint any one of the persons so designated, he shall file his reasons for not doing so as in the case of an original appointment, and he shall appoint as and from list as provided in case of an original appointment.

*Note-See Section 187 for additional compensation for services under Primary Election Law. Also, see pages 164 to 169 as to Allegany, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Howard, Prince George's, Talbot, Washington Counties.

Chapter 202, Acts of 1896. 5. Each Board of Supervisors shall have an office and shall provide all necessary ballot-boxes and ballots and all registry books, poll books, tally sheets, blanks and stationery of every description, with printed headings and certificates, necessary and proper for the registry of voters and conduct of elections, and for every incidental purpose connected therewith; and the expenses thereof shall be paid by the county or by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, as the case may be, as above provided. It shall be the duty of the County Commissioners of the several counties and of the Mayor and City Council of the city of Baltimore to allow the reasonable use of the public buildings in their respective counties and in said city by the election supervisors thereof, and to light and heat the same for such use, and in all proper ways to facilitate them in the discharge of their duties as such supervisors.

Chapter 445, Acts of 1922. 6. The Board of Supervisors of Elections of the Several counties may have clerks, with the consent of the County Commissioners, for their respective counties, at such compensation as the said County Commissioners may fix. The Supervisors of Election of the City of Baltimore shall have a chief clerk at a salary of three thousand dollars ($3,000), one clerk at a salary of twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500), one clerk at a salary of two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars ($2,250), two clerks at a salary of two thousand dollars ($2,000) each per annum, two clerks at a salary of seventeen hundred dollars ($1,700) each per annum, two clerks at a salary of sixteen hundred dollars ($1,600) each per annum, two clerks at a salary of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) each per annum, three clerks at a salary of fourteen hundred dollars ($1,400) each per annum. The said clerks, and in the City of Baltimore, the chief clerk, and clerks shall be appointed by the respective board of supervisors and shall be removable by them in their discretion. In Baltimore City, the chief clerk, with the approval of the supervisors, shall from time to time, secure such temporary assistance as may be necessary for the proper transaction of the business of the office, but the compensation of such assistants to be paid by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, upon requisition by the said supervisors shall not exceed the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000) in any one year.

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