As used in this title:
(1) “Ballot” means those portions of cardboard, paper or other material to be placed within the ballot frames of a voting machine or to be used for absentee voting in order to list the names of the offices to be voted for, the name of each candidate and the designation of the party by which the candidate is nominated, a space for the voter to write in the name of any candidate of that voter’s choice for any office, and the statement of any question submitted with provision for a “yes” or “no” vote.
(2) “Board of elections” or “board” in each of the 3 counties of the State means that body of individuals appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a board of elections for their respective counties, and are, as such, vested with the responsibility and power to see to the administration of the election laws of this State in their respective counties as more particularly defined in this title.
(3) “Clerk” means clerk of election.
(4) “Commissioner” means the State Election Commissioner.
(5) “County committee” means the regularly organized and constituted county committee or governing authority of a political party.
(6) “Department” means the department of elections in each county of this State, consisting of the board of elections and such staff as the board shall appoint under this title. The department in each county, under the direction of the board of elections, shall administer the election laws of this State as defined in this title.
(7) “Election District Record” shall no longer mean the binders which contain, among other information, voter registration record (sometimes referred to as “Blues”), and shall hereafter mean the electronic records or the print out reflecting said electronic records as designated by the respective county department of elections.
(8) “Election Management System” refers to the computer programs and databases managed by the State Election Commissioner and used by the State Election Commissioner and the departments of elections to maintain voter registration records, to manage absentee voting, maintain election officer information, maintain polling place information, structure elections and for other purposes.
(9) “Election officers” means the inspector of election, the 2 judges of election and the clerks of election who are appointed for each election district under § 4701 of this title.
(10) “Independent,” “decline” or words equivalent thereto means any person who at the time of registration does not choose to be affiliated with a political party as defined in this section.
(11) “Inspector” means inspector of elections.
(12) “Judge” means judge of elections.
(13) “Local office” means any political district smaller than the State, including municipal, county, state representative or state senatorial.
(14) “Mobile registration” means any voter registration sponsored or conducted by a department of elections outside of that department’s office.
(15) “Party” or “political party” means any political organization which elects a state committee and officers of a state committee, by a state convention composed of delegates elected from each representative district in which the party has registered members, and which nominates candidates for electors of President and Vice-President, or nominates candidates for offices to be decided at the general election. All political parties shall be divided into 2 classes:
a. “Major political party” means any political party which, as of December 31 of the year immediately preceding any general election year, has registered in the name of that party voters equal to at least 5 percent of the total number of voters registered in the State.
b. “Minor political party” means any political party which does not qualify as a major political party.
(16) “Primary ballots” means paper ballots used with ballot boxes or ballots used in voting machines.
(17) “Primary election” means an election at which voters registered as members of a major political party may vote to determine the nominees of that political party for the general election.
(18) “Principal political parties” or words equivalent thereto will be the 2 political parties which have the highest total voter registration in this State.
(19) “Protective counter” means a separate counter built into the voting machine, which cannot be reset, which records the total number of movements of the operating lever.
(20) “Question” means any proposition or other question to be submitted to the voters.
(21) “Registration officers” means the registrar, assistant registrar and alternate registrars appointed by the departments as defined in this section.
(22) “Registration record” means a voter’s registration record maintained in the State’s Election Management System, the list or file of registered voters sent to each election district for use by election officers on the day of the election, and until determined obsolete, it also applies to a voter’s record maintained in the county master file.
(23) “State chair” means the highest executive officer of a political party of this State.
(24) “State committee” means the regularly organized and constituted statewide governing authority of a political party in this State.
(25) “Unaffiliated candidate” means any individual who files a declaration as a candidate for any office to be decided at the general election and who is not affiliated with any political party and has not been thus affiliated for at least 3 months prior to the filing of that individual’s declaration.