At last night’s meeting, the City Council amended 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.
The changes also will 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.
CM Mackie made an amendment to the Code requiring City Council candidates to live in the respective district for at least one year prior to registering for candidacy.
The Council voted unanimously on the changes.