A bill that enables the Board of Elections to remove deceased voters from the rolls much faster, was heard in the Ways and Means Committee this week. Frederick County Delegate Kathy Afzali is the sponsor. "Right now the State of Maryland has a system that is very laboring and intense for the Board of Elections. They mail the voter that is deceased, or their family a letter and wait on a response, and if they don't get a response, they need to mail out another letter and wait for a response," said Afzali.
This bill requires the State Administrator of Elections to make arrangements with the U.S. Social Security Administration to receive quarterly reports of names and residence addresses of all individuals at least 16 years of age, who are deemed Maryland residents and reported deceased. The State Administrator must promptly obtain the reports at the end of each quarter. The information would then be transmitted to the appropriate local boards of elections, and the election director of a local board of elections must remove from the statewide voter registration list that would have any registered voter included in a Social Security Administration report.