2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Elections

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of elections policy in the 2018 General Assembly. 

Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.

Post-Election Administration

Push Icons-DEFEATEDMACo opposed a bill to impose a variety of onerous and costly changes on state election law relating to post-election audits, voter registration infrastructure, and voting machines. MACo raised concerns that this legislation placed a substantial administrative and cost burden onto local Boards of Election, whose operations are supported by county funding. Without state resources to offset these potentially large costs, the bill represented a potentially large unfunded mandate on local governments. House Bill 767 was not passed by the General Assembly.

The other bill would have similarly enabled county governments to establish a system of public campaign financing for elected offices in the Maryland General Assembly.

Bill Information | MACo Coverage

Cyber Security

Push Icons-IMPROVEDMACo supported a bill seeking reforms to State election law systems security, with amendments to curb unintended consequences for county governments. MACo’s amendments strike a reasonable balance between the need for security and reporting, and undue burdens on county election boards. The legislation was amended to meet MACo’s concerns and passed by both houses of the General Assembly

Bill Information

MACo opposed a bill that would have imposed a variety of onerous and costly changes on state election law relating to post-election audits, voter registration infrastructure, and voting machines. Counties were concerned the legislation placed a substantial administrative and cost burden onto local Boards of Election, whose operations are supported by county funding. Without state resources to offset these potentially large costs, the bill represented a potentially dramatic unfunded mandate on local governments.

Bill Information

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