Maryland & Montgomery County Voting Websites
Voter Registration Information
To see if you are registered to vote, visit the Maryland Board of Elections Voter Lookup.
To register to vote in Maryland, visit the Maryland Board of Elections Online Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request.
Voting By Mail
Information from the Democratic Club of Leisure World about how to vote by mail in Maryland – March 27, 2020
Who may vote by absentee ballot (also called “vote by mail”)?
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You don’t need a reason to vote by absentee ballot. It’s another way to vote if you don’t want to or can’t go to an early voting center or your polling place.
If you do not know if you are registered to vote, use the online voter look-up to find out. It’s at the Maryland Board of Elections Voter Lookup.
If you are not registered to vote, find out how to register to vote. You can do that at the Maryland Board of Elections Voter Application.
How do I request an absentee ballot?
There are two ways you can request an absentee ballot.
- Online if you have a Maryland’s drivers license or MVA-issued ID card. Go to https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1.
- Complete and return one of the forms below. Read the instructions, enter the required information, print the form, sign it, and return it to your local board of elections. You can return it by mail, fax, or email (scanned as an attachment).
Details: Montgomery County Board of Elections
Street Address: 18753-210 N. Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg MD 20879-3121
P.O. Box 4333 – Rockville MD 20849-4333
For Absentee Ballot Applications Only:
P.O. Box 10159 – Rockville MD 20849-0159
For Absentee Ballots Only:
P.O. Box 10369 – Rockville MD 20849-0369
Absentee Voting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions To This Location
Here is the actual Absentee ballot application for 2020 elections (PDF)
Go to your local board of elections and fill out and turn in the form. See address above.
What is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?
The deadline depends on how you want to receive your blank ballot.
For the 2020 Primary Election, your request must be received (not just mailed) by:
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
Friday, April 24, 2020, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s website
If you hand deliver your request and the ballots are ready, you can pick up your absentee ballot. You may take your absentee ballot with you and return it by mail or you can vote it at the local board office and give it to an election official. Please call or go to your local board of elections’ website for hours of operation.
What if I miss the deadline?
If you miss the deadline but still want to vote by absentee ballot, you or your agent must apply in person at your local board of elections. For more information about someone else picking up your ballot, see the information below.
Can I have someone pick up my ballot?
Yes. You can designate someone to be your agent. This person will take your completed absentee ballot application to your local board of elections, pick up your ballot, and deliver it to you. To get your ballot this way, you and your agent must complete the Absentee Ballot: Designation of Agent Form. This form can also be obtained from your local board of elections.
Note: Maryland does not have a permanent absentee list. If you wish to vote by absentee ballot, you must apply for an absentee ballot each primary and general election cycle.
How do I know if my request for a ballot was received and processed?
Visit the voter look-up website to verify if your local board of elections received your request for a ballot and the status of your absentee ballot. If you have more questions, please contact your local board of elections.
How will I receive my absentee ballot?
You choose how you want to receive your absentee ballot. Election officials can mail or fax your ballot to you, or you can download your ballot from the State’s website.
When you request a ballot, you pick how you want to receive your ballot. If you want to download your ballot, make sure you provide your email address.
Ballots are sent or posted to the website about 3 weeks before an election. If you want to download your ballot, we will send you an email when your ballot is ready. The email will include a link where you can print your ballot and instructions.
How do I vote my absentee ballot?
There are instructions with your ballot. Please review the instructions carefully before starting to vote.
If you received your ballot by mail or fax, you need a black pen to vote. Review your ballot before voting as your ballot may be multiple pages. Carefully fill in the oval to the left of your choice, and do not vote for more candidates than the number specified in the contest heading. If you wish, you may vote for fewer candidates than specified.
If you download your ballot from the State’s website, you can print the blank ballot and mark your ballot by hand.
Do not sign your name or make any other mark on your ballot.
Write-in voting is only allowed in general elections. A general election ballot has spaces for write-in votes. To cast a write-in vote by hand, fill in the oval to the left of the space for the write-in vote, and write the first and last names of the person in the appropriate space.
You must mail or hand deliver your absentee ballot to your local board of elections. You cannot email or fax your voted absentee ballot or take your voted ballot to an early voting center or a polling place.
How do I return my voted ballot?
You must mail or hand deliver your voted ballot. You cannot submit your voted ballot online. Return it by email or fax.
If you hand deliver your ballot, you must deliver it to your local board of elections by 8 pm on election day. You may also take it to an early voting center or a polling place by the time the polls close.
If you mail your ballot, the envelope must be postmarked on or before primary election day (April 28, 2020) or general election day (November 3, 2020) and received by your local board of elections by 10 am on May 8, 2020 (for the primary election) or November 13, 2020 (for the general election).
If you have specific questions, please contact your local board of elections or the State Board of Elections.
Can I have help voting?
Yes, if you have a disability or are unable to read or write, you may have help requesting an absentee ballot and voting. Any person can help you except:
A candidate on your ballot;
Your employer or an agent of your employer; or
An officer or agent of your union.
If you need help completing the absentee ballot application, someone can help you with Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the application and must complete Part 4. If you cannot sign the application, the person helping you should print your name in Part 3 and write his or her initials after your name.
If you need help voting your ballot, the person helping you must mark the ballot according to your wishes and cannot make an effort to influence your vote. This person must also complete the Certification of Person Assisting Absentee Voter (provided with your absentee ballot). This certification must be returned with your voted ballot.
Contact your local board of elections for more information on this process.