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UPCOMING DATES
September 12, 2017
Maryland : PRIMARY ELECTION
November 7, 2017
Maryland : GENERAL ELECTION
June 26, 2018
Maryland : primary election
November 6, 2018
Maryland : General Election Day

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Maryland

In April 1649, colonists voted into law An Act Concerning Religion (later known as the Maryland Toleration Act), which granted freedom of worship for all Christians. Although permanently repealed in 1692, the act was one of the first statutes granting religious liberty of any kind and was an important step toward true freedom of religion in the United States.

In 1763, astronomer Charles Mason and surveyor Jeremiah Dixon were asked to resolve an 80-year land dispute between the Calvert family of Maryland and the Penn family of Pennsylvania by marking the correct boundary. The resulting Mason-Dixon Line took five years to complete and later became the demarcation between the free North and slave-holding South.

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On September 14, 1814, while witnessing the British bombard Fort McHenry in an attempt to capture Baltimore during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In 1931, the United States adopted the song as its national anthem.

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Branded “The town that fooled the British,” St. Michaels avoided destruction by British invasion on August 10, 1813, when residents—forewarned of an imminent attack—turned off all their lights and attached lanterns to the masts of ships and the tops of trees, causing cannons to overshoot the town. The only house to be struck became known as the “Cannonball House.”

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The Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg on September 17, 1862, was the first attack on Union soil during the Civil War and the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history with more than 23,000 soldiers killed. Although it ended in a draw, President Abraham Lincoln used General Robert E. Lee’s retreat to Virginia as an opportunity to issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, warning seceded states to return to the Union before the end of the year or their slaves would be declared free.

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College Park, Maryland, has the oldest functioning airport in the US.

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State of Maryland Quick Facts
  • Current Population:6,006,401
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 10
  • Congressional Districts: 8
  • Date of Statehood: April 28, 1788
  • Size: 12,406 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Old Line State; Free State; Cockade State; Oyster State; Monumental State
  • Tree: White Oak
  • Flower: Black-Eyed Susan
  • Bird: Baltimore Oriole
Registered Voters

Total Active Registration: 3,840,402

  • Democrat : 2,108,964
  • Republican : 1,004,083
  • GRN : 7,521
  • LIB : 16,325
  • UNAF : 672,701
  • Others : 30,808

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Maryland?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Maryland.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    MARYLAND : Yes

    Same-day registration is only available during the early voting period for each regularly scheduled primary and general election. See NCSL's Absentee and Early Voting page for more information.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Maryland?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Maryland, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    you may complete a voter registration application in person

    By Mail

    Please fill out and print the Voter Registration Application form following the instructions provided with it.

    Online

    You may register to vote online

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Every voter may take two hours off work so long as the employee does not have two hours of continuous off-duty during the time that the polls are open.

    Maryland State Government

    Maryland Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the People of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty, and taking into our serious consideration the best means of establishing a good Constitution in this State for the sure foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare:

    That all Government of right originates from the People, is founded in compact only, and instituted solely for the good of the whole; and they have, at all times, the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their Form of Government in such manner as they may deem expedient.

    The Constitution of the United States, and the Laws made, or which shall be made, in pursuance thereof, and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, are, and shall be the Supreme Law of the State; and the Judges of this State, and all the People of this State, are, and shall be bound thereby; anything in the Constitution or Law of this State to the contrary notwithstanding.

    The Executive Branch
    Annapolis, MD, USA

    Executive Power

    The executive power of the state shall be vested in a governor, whose term of office shall commence on the third Wednesday of January next ensuing his election, and continue for four years, and until his successor shall have qualified; and a person who has served two consecutive popular elective terms of office as governor shall be ineligible to succeed himself as governor for the term immediately following the second of said two consecutive popular elective terms.

    There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall have only the duties delegated to him by the governor and shall have such compensation as the General Assembly shall provide by law, except that beginning in the year 1978 the salary of the Lieutenant Governor shall be as provided under Section 21A of this Article. No person who is ineligible under this Constitution to be elected Governor shall be eligible to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor.

    Maryland Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    Annapolis, MD, USA

    Legislative Power

    The legislature shall consist of two distinct branches; a Senate, and a House of Delegates, and shall be styled the General Assembly of Maryland.

    The membership of the Senate shall consist of forty-seven (47) Senators. The membership of the House of Delegates shall consist of one hundred forty-one (141) delegates.

    Judicial Branch
    Annapolis, MD, USA

    Judicial Power

    The Judicial power of this State is vested in a Court of Appeals, such intermediate courts of appeal as the General Assembly may create by law, Circuit Courts, Orphans' Courts, and a District Court. These Courts shall be Courts of Record, and each shall have a seal to be used in the authentication of all process.

    The several courts existing in this state at the time of the adoption of this Constitution shall, until superseded under its provisions, continue with like powers and jurisdiction, and in the exercise thereof, both at Law and in Equity, in all respects, as if this Constitution had not been adopted; and when said Courts shall be so superseded, all causes, then depending in said Courts, shall pass into the jurisdiction of the several Courts, by which they may, respectively, be superseded.

    Maryland Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(141)
    (90)(51)
    State Senators(47)
    (33)(14)
    US Representatives(8)
    (7)(1)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Maryland Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall be the commander-in-chief of the land and naval forces of the state; and may call out the militia to repel invasions, suppress insurrections, and enforce the execution of the Laws; but shall not take the command in person, without the consent of the legislature.

    Qualifications

    A person to be eligible for the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor must have attained the age of thirty years, and must have been a resident and registered voter of the State for five years next immediately preceding his election.

    Election

    An election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, under this Constitution, shall be held on the Tuesday next after the first Monday of November, in the year nineteen hundred and seventy-four, and on the same day and month in every fourth year thereafter, at the places of voting for Delegates to the General Assembly.

    Term of Office

    The governor is popularly elected every four years

    Limit on Tenure

    A person who has served two consecutive popular elective terms of office as Governor shall be ineligible to succeed himself as governor for the term immediately following the second of said two consecutive popular elective terms

    Salary

    $170,000

    Qualification age

    Must be at least 30 years old.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as acting Governor when notified in writing by the Governor that the Governor will be temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office. The Lieutenant Governor also shall serve as acting Governor when the Governor is disabled but is unable to communicate to the Lieutenant Governor the fact of his inability to perform the duties of his office.

    Qualifications

    A person to be eligible for the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor must have attained the age of thirty years, and must have been a resident and registered voter of the State for five years next immediately preceding his election

    Election

    An election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, under this Constitution, shall be held on the Tuesday next after the first Monday of November, in the year nineteen hundred and seventy-four, and on the same day and month in every fourth year thereafter, at the places of voting for Delegates to the General Assembly.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    has no term limit.

    Salary

    $141,500.

    Qualification age

    Must be at least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    There shall be an Attorney-General elected by the qualified voters of the State, on general ticket, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General, who is not a citizen of this State, and a qualified voter therein, and has not resided and practiced Law in this State for at least ten years.

    Election

    The attorney general is popularly elected by Maryland voters in federal midterm years and serves four-year terms without term limits.

    Term of Office

    Serves four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $141,500.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    A Secretary of State shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall continue in office, unless sooner removed by the governor, till the end of the official term of the governor from whom he received his appointment, and receive such annual salary as the General Assembly may from time to time by law prescribe.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    In accordance with the Maryland Constitution, the secretary of state is appointed by the governor with the "advice and consent of the state Senate.

    Term of Office

    Length of term, serves at the pleasure of the governor.

    Limit on Tenure

    Without term limits.

    Salary

    $99,500.

    Maryland State Congress
    The House Of Delegates
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by the membership. The Speaker Pro Tempore is also elected by the House, while the Majority Leader is appointed by the Speaker and the Minority Leader is elected by the minority party.

    Qualifications

    A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

    Election

    A member of the General Assembly shall be elected by the registered voters of the legislative or delegate district from which he seeks election, to serve for a term of four years beginning on the second Wednesday of January following his election.

    Term of Office

    Serve for a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $46,061/yea

    Qualification age

    Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The President and President Pro Tem of the Senate are elected by the full body. The President appoints the majority leader. These two leaders then appoint the deputy majority leader and majority whip. Minority leaders are named by the minority party.

    Qualifications

    A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

    Election

    A member of the General Assembly shall be elected by the registered voters of the legislative or delegate district from which he seeks election, to serve for a term of four years beginning on the second Wednesday of January following his election.

    Term of Office

    Serve for a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $46,061/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years.

    Maryland State Courts
    The Court Appeals
    Authority

    The court has authority to make administrative, practical and procedural rules, all of which have "the force of law.

    Qualifications

    The Judges of all of the said Courts shall be citizens of the State of Maryland, and qualified voters under this Constitution, and shall have resided therein not less than five years, and not less than six months next preceding their election, or appointment, as the case may be, in the city, county, district, judicial circuit, intermediate appellate judicial circuit or appellate judicial circuit for which they may be, respectively, elected, or appointed. They shall be not less than thirty years of age at the time of their election or appointment, and shall be selected from those who have been admitted to practice law in this State, and who are most distinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge .

    Election

    Judges are appointed to serve 10-year terms by the governor of the state and must be confirmed by the Maryland Senate before taking office.

    Term of Office

    He or she will serve another 10-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Maryland has a mandatory retirement age for all judges, which is their 70th birthday.

    Chief salary

    $186,000

    Associates salary

    $167,000

    Qualification age

    They shall be not less than thirty years of age at the time of their election .

    The Court Of Special Appeals
    Authority

    The Court of Special Appeals has exclusive initial appellate jurisdiction to review judgments and orders issued by any of the state's circuit or orphans' courts. The lone exception is cases involving the death penalty; those go straight to the Maryland Court of Appeals.

    Qualifications

    The Judges of all of the said Courts shall be citizens of the State of Maryland, and qualified voters under this Constitution, and shall have resided therein not less than five years, and not less than six months next preceding their election, or appointment, as the case may be, in the city, county, district, judicial circuit, intermediate appellate judicial circuit or appellate judicial circuit for which they may be, respectively, elected, or appointed. They shall be not less than thirty years of age at the time of their election or appointment, and shall be selected from those who have been admitted to practice law in this State, and who are most distinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge.

    Election

    Judges are appointed to serve 10-year terms by the governor of the state and must be confirmed by the Maryland Senate before taking office.

    Term of Office

    To serve 10-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Maryland mandates that judges retire when they reach the age of 70.

    Salary

    $154,000

    Qualification age

    They shall be not less than thirty years of age at the time of their election.

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