Multiple deadlines extended in response to postponed Md. primary election
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland State Board of Elections has voted to extend three deadlines related to the 2022 Gubernatorial Elections in response to the postponed primary election.
The election was originally scheduled for June 28th, but was postponed to July 19th. As a result, the State Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the election results of the 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election on August 15th.
The Maryland Code, Election Law Article, prescribes certain deadlines for actions that may affect the general election ballot after the primary results are certified. These include the following:
- Declining a Nomination: A candidate that is the nominee for an office, as determined from the certified election results, may decline the nomination by filing certain documents with the appropriate board of elections. Because it is necessary that the deadline to decline nomination be after the certification date, SBE has extended the deadline to decline nomination from Tuesday, August 2nd, until Tuesday, August 16th.
- Removal of a Candidate’s Name Due to Death or Disqualification: To align with the new deadline for a candidate to decline a nomination, SBE also extended the deadline to remove a candidate’s name from the ballot due to the candidate’s death or disqualification. The previous deadline of Monday, August 15th was extended to Tuesday, August 16th.
Additionally, officials say the appropriate central committee may fill the vacancy. The deadline to fill a vacancy caused by a declination or death/disqualification has been extended from Friday, August 12th to Friday, August 19th.