Maryland Elected Officials Removal from Office Amendment, Question 3 (2012)

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Elected Officials Removal from Office
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Maryland Constitution
Referred by:Maryland State Legislature
A Maryland Elected Officials Removal from Office Amendment was on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state of Maryland as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

The measure provided conditions under which an elected official convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors would be removed from office.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Maryland Question 3
Approveda Yes 2,220,425 88%
Official results from the Maryland Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The ballot measure read as follows:[2]

Question 3

Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 147 of the 2012 Legislative Session) Suspension and Removal of Elected Officials

(Amending Article XV, Section 2 of the Maryland Constitution)
Changes the point at which an elected official charged with certain crimes is automatically suspended or removed from office. Under existing law, an elected official who is convicted or pleads no contest is suspended and is removed only when the conviction becomes final. Under the amended law, an elected official is suspended when found guilty and is removed when the conviction becomes final or when the elected official pleads guilty or no contest.

For the Constitutional Amendment

Against the Constitutional Amendment


No formal support was identified.


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution

Placing a proposed amendment on the ballot requires a 60% vote of each chamber of the Maryland State Legislature. Maryland is one of nine states that allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot following the 60% supermajority vote.

See also