The Maryland House of Delegates
is the lower house of the Maryland General Assembly
, the state legislature of the U.S. State
. Three delegates are elected from each district, though some districts are divided into sub-districts. In the original state constitution
, four delegates were elected from each county to one-year terms, and two were elected from each of the major early cities of Baltimore
. Reforms in the 1830s, however, led to the apportionment of delegates by population rather than geography, and by 1922, delegates served four year terms. The modern system of apportionment of seats began in 1972, when 47 districts of roughly equal population were identified, although sub-districts were created to ensure local representation for areas with too little population to warrant an entire district.
Delegates are elected in even years when the President of the United States
is not being elected, similar to most other state offices in Maryland. The most recent election was in November 2010. Delegates are not term-limited.
General elections were held for all 141 seats in the Maryland House of Delegates
on November 2, 2010. The primary elections were held on September 14, 2010.