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Absentee - Frequently Asked Questions


How can I vote Absentee?

You must request an Absentee Application.

Under SS 33-11-02.01 a registered voter may apply for and vote by an absentee ballot…There are several forms of application:

1.          The State Absentee Ballot Application

2.          The informal written request application (See the third paragraph below).  

3.          The in-person application

4.          http://www.elections.state.md.us/ to apply online

 

Maryland’s Absentee Ballot Application is composed on a prescribed form that the State Board of Elections has authorized.  A form provided under federal law is also permitted. (The State Board form may not be altered in any way). Although the Statute states: “The Montgomery Board of Elections may not accept an application submitted on a preprinted form unless it has been authorized by the State”; ANY REQUEST will be honored as long as it contains the same information as that of the “informal written request”! (As shown below)

 
The deadline for receipt of a completed and signed application depends on how the voter wants to receive the blank ballot.

 For the 2014 Primary Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:

For the 2014 General Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:


Faxed or E-mailed

 The completed and signed absentee ballot application may be faxed to our office.  It may not be changed or altered in any way. (Deadlines stated above apply.)


An informal written request for an absentee ballot may be submitted to the Board of Elections but it must contain the following information:

1. Voter's name

2. Residence address

3. Address to which the ballot is to be mailed, if different from the residence address

4. Voter's Signature

Registered voters may submit the informal request by fax (240)777-8560, mail or e-mail. (Please refer to the deadlines listed under “How can I vote Absentee?”  for receipt of a completed and signed application listed above.).


What Is The Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

The application must be received by the legal deadline (visit www.777vote.org) by mail (4:30pm) or by fax (11:59pm).  You may download an absentee application or request by email or by phone.  Applications must provide name, address, date of birth, political party affiliation, which election and be mailed or faxed to:  Board of Elections P.O. Box 10159 Rockville, MD 20849-0159 / the fax number is 240-777-8560


May I have a ballot mailed to me after the deadline?

No, ballots will not be mailed or faxed, if an application is received after the deadline June 17, 2014 for the Primary Election and October 28, 2014 for the General Election.  Ballots will not be posted to the state’s website if the application is received after the legal deadline June 20, 2014 for the Primary Election and October 31, 2014 for the General Election.

In order to receive a ballot after that time, you must come to the office in-person or have an authorized agent assist you.


May I vote absentee if I miss the deadline?

Yes, there is a provision that allows for in-person applications. An application may be made in person by the voter or the voter’s authorized agent.


What is an Authorized Agent?

 An authorized agent is an individual you pick to secure your voting ballot from the Montgomery Board of Elections so you can vote at home. The authorized agent would pick-up the ballot and after you vote, the ballot can be mailed in by you or returned to the Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

The application for the voter’s authorized agent can be downloaded by you or your agent. This form can be faxed to the Montgomery Board of Elections. You can fill out the necessary parts and both you and your agent can sign and date the form. Your agent will secure the proper identification and return your application to the Montgomery County Board of Elections where your agent will then be given a ballot that will be filled out by you and then returned to the Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.


What number do I call for the Absentee Department?

Please call 240-777-8550


How do I get an Absentee Ballot?

First, the voter must complete, sign and submit an Absentee Ballot Application to the Board of Elections. Voters may apply online at the State Board of Elections website http://www.elections.state.md.us/. Voters may also download an application at www.777vote.org or, voters may call our office at 240-777-8550 to have an application mailed. Applications are also available at our office located at 18753 N. Frederick Ave. Suite #210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879 during normal business hours.


Have you received my application?

Please call 240-777-8550. 


When will I receive my ballot?

We begin mailing ballots approximately 6 weeks prior to the upcoming election.


My son/daughter is going away to school, what should he/she do to vote?

The voter must complete, sign, and submit an Absentee Ballot application in order to receive an Absentee Ballot.


If I get my ballot by e-mail, may I e-mail it back to you?

No.  Please print all documents. Vote your ballot. Sign the Oath of Absentee Voter and mail or deliver your voted ballot in person along with the signed oath to the Board of Elections. Voted Ballots may be returned to the Board of Elections in person before 8:00 P.M. on Election Day; and, may NOT be returned to a Polling Place.


Have you received my voted ballot?

Please call 240-777-8550.


May I return my Absentee Ballot to a Polling Place?

No. Maryland Election Law states that the ballot must be physically delivered to the local board of elections office no later than 8 pm on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day and received by July 07, 2014 by 10 am for the Primary Election or by November 14, 2014 at 10 am in order to be counted.


When must my ballot be received by the Board of Elections Office?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by 8 pm is the legal deadline for the local board to receive an absentee ballot delivered in person. An absentee ballot is timely received if it is received by the local board, not the polling place, before 8 pm on Election Day.

Monday, July 07, 2014 by 10 am is the legal deadline for the local boards to receive absentee ballots by mail, provided there is a proper postmark or date on the voter's oath, is timely.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 by 8 pm is the legal deadline for the local board to receive an absentee ballot delivered in person. An absentee ballot is timely received if it is received by the local board, not the polling place, before 8 pm on Election Day.

Friday, November 14, 2014 10 am is the legal deadline for the local boards to receive absentee ballots by mail. An absentee ballot which has been mailed and received by the local board by 10 am on the 2nd Friday after an election, provided there is a proper postmark or date on the voter's oath, is timely.

 


For voters covered under the UOCAVA (Uniformed Overseas and Civilian Absentee Voters Act) the Maryland State Board of Elections is now the single point of contact