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Article - Election Law


    (a)    In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Affidavit” means a statement executed under penalty of perjury.

    (c)    “Chief election official” means:

        (1)    as to the State Board, the State Administrator; or

        (2)    as to a local board, the election director.

    (d)    “Circulator” means an individual who attests to one or more signatures affixed to a petition.

    (e)    “Election authority” means:

        (1)    the State Board; or

        (2)    as to a local petition, the local board for that county.

    (f)    “Legal authority” means:

        (1)    the Attorney General; or

        (2)    as to a local petition, the counsel to the local board appointed under § 2-205 of this article for that county.

    (g)    “Local petition” means a petition:

        (1)    on which the signatures from only one county may be counted; and

        (2)    that does not seek to:

            (i)    refer a public local law enacted by the General Assembly; or

            (ii)    nominate an individual for an office for which a certificate of candidacy is required to be filed with the State Board.

    (h)    “Page” means a piece of paper comprising a part of a petition.

    (i)    “Petition” means all of the associated pages necessary to fulfill the requirements of a process established by the law by which individuals affix their signatures as evidence of support for:

        (1)    placing the name of an individual, the names of individuals, or a question on the ballot at any election;

        (2)    the creation of a new political party; or

        (3)    the appointment of a charter board under Article XI-A, § 1A of the Maryland Constitution.

    (j)    “Sponsor” means the person who coordinates the collection of signatures for a petition and who, if the petition is filed, is named on the information page as required by § 6-201 of this title.

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