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Absentee Voting

Absentee Application

You do not need to give a reason to vote by mail, which is sometimes called "absentee voting".  Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot.You can even request that your ballot be sent to you electronically. If you do, be sure to return your ballot by mail or in person to the Board of Elections in Gaithersburg. If you do not return it, you may only cast a provisional ballot at the polls or on Election Day. Absentee and provisional ballots cast by eligible voters are all counted before the results of the election are certified.

Requests to receive your ballot by mail or fax must be received at least one week before Election Day. You may request to download your ballot until the Friday before Election Day. If you miss these deadlines, you can still vote an absentee ballot in person at the Board's office in Gaithersburg until Election Day.

Paper Request

If you prefer, you may complete and return one of the forms below. Read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to The Montgomery County Board of Elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment).

Absentee Voting FAQs

Agent Designation

Use of an Agent to pick-up an Absentee Ballot
A registered voter or the voter's duly authorized agent may apply in-person for an Absentee Ballot at the office of the local board.  A qualified designated agent may pick-up and deliver the Absentee Ballot. To qualify to be an agent the designee:

  • Must be at least 18 years old;
  • May not be a candidate on the ballot;
  • Must be designated in writing by the voter, under penalty of perjury;
  • Must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury that the ballot was:
  • Delivered to the voter; Marked and placed in an envelope by the voter, or with assistance as allowed, in the agent's presence; and      Returned to the local board no later than 8 PM on Election Day.

Designation of Agent Form (English)
Designation of Agent Form (En Español)

In Person Absentee Ballot

Visit the Board of Elections to vote a paper Absentee Ballot. You must go to the Absentee Department's front counter at Board of Elections located at 18753 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.

Overseas / Military Voting Information

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