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Council Mulls to Change Requirements for Running at the City Election

The Council will discuss the Charter resolution 20-CR-02, to amend Article III, “Mayor and Council”, §C3-1, “Membership; Election; Term of Office”, to delete the requirement that a candidate for City elected office to be a registered voter for at least one year prior to the election and to substitute the requirement that a candidate shall have been living in the City for at least one year prior to the election, and to authorize the Supervisors of Elections to verify the requirements of age, citizenship, and domicile to be a candidate.

Currently, § C3-1 requires that a candidate for City elective office be a registered voter for at least one year prior to the election. This is different than many other jurisdictions in Maryland, which require that a person be domiciled, but not registered to vote, in the jurisdiction for a period of time before the election. Removing this barrier should enlarge the pool of individuals who could become candidates.

Because the requirement of registration is deleted, age, citizenship, and domicile must be confirmed. This amendment authorizes the Supervisors of Elections to make these determinations.

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