Vote by Mail / Absentee Ballot

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the  June 2 Primary Election will be conducted primarily as Vote-By-Mail.

It is not necessary for any Active voter to submit an application for a Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot.

Please see our comprehensive FAQ for complete information about the June 2 Vote-By-Mail Primary, which includes all of the information below.


The information herein below is provided for the convenience of voters. A good-faith effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate.  However, no representation is made that this information is complete and correct. The Montgomery County Board of Elections and the Maryland State Board of Elections are the only official and authoritative sources of election information. Voters are advised to confirm the accuracy of the information contained herein with those sources.

Any Maryland registered voter may vote by mail. Though it is called an “Absentee Ballot,” you do not have to be absent on Election Day to vote by mail.

Below is information for requesting an absentee ballot online, or by mail, fax, or email.  See the information at the very bottom of this page for how to submit your absentee ballot.

You must request a Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot for each election cycle. However, you can request a Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot for BOTH the 2020 Primary and General Elections at the same time by checking the appropriate box on the form.

Obtaining your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot in Person

Any registered voter or person whom a registered voter designates may obtain an absentee ballot in person at the office of the Montgomery County Board of Elections (address below) any time the Board of Elections office is open, until 8 pm on Election Day. You may complete your ballot at that time and deposit it in the box at the Board of Elections office.  See “Submitting Your Absentee Ballot” below for additional options for submitting your absentee ballot in person.

Requesting Your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot By Mail, Fax, or Email

Download, print, and complete the Application for Absentee Ballot below, and deliver the completed form to the Montgomery County Board of Elections in person, or by mail, fax, or email by the deadlines noted below:

2020 Maryland Application for Absentee Ballot

Solicitud de una papeleta para Voto en Ausencia de Maryland 2020

Requesting Your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot Online

The Maryland State Board of Elections uses a single online form for online voter registration AND to request an Absentee Ballot.  This may seem confusing if you are already registered to vote and only wish to request an Absentee Ballot, which is Step 9 in the online process.  Take care to complete the online form completely and correctly so as not to alter your current voter registration information inadvertently, such as your name or party affiliation.

As a precaution, use the link below to lookup your voter registration record, print it, and use it as a checklist to complete the online form:

Lookup Your Voter Info

With your voter registration information in hand, use the link below to request your Absentee Ballot:

Absentee Ballot Online Request Form

As you complete Step 9 of the form, you have the option of choosing the delivery method for your absentee ballot.  If you choose “through email,” an email containing a link to download your ballot will be sent to you once the Board of Elections has confirmed/validated your voter registration.

Deadlines for Submitting Your Application for a Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot for the Primary

If you want to receive your absentee ballot by mail or fax, your Application for an Absentee Ballot must be received (not just postmarked) by the Montgomery County Board of Elections, by mail or hand delivery, by 8 pm, Tuesday, May 26, or must be submitted by email or fax by 11:59 pm, Tuesday, May 26.

If you want to download your absentee ballot, your Application for an Absentee Ballot must be submitted online or must be received (not just postmarked) by the Montgomery County Board of Elections, by mail or hand delivery, by 5 pm, Friday, May 29, or or by email or fax by 11:59 pm, Friday, May 29.

Mail Your Application for Absentee Ballot to:

Montgomery County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 10159
Rockville, MD 20849-0159

Hand Deliver, Email, or Fax Your Application for Absentee Ballot to:

Montgomery County Board of Elections
18753 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

absentee@montgomerycountymd.gov

(240) 777-8560 (fax)

Submitting Your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot

You must mail or hand deliver your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot. You cannot submit your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot online, nor can you submit it by email or fax.

To Vote By Mail* (must be postmarked** on or before Tuesday, June 2, 2020):

Montgomery County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 10159
Rockville, MD 20849-0159

Additional postage may be required.  To ensure delivery, affix two (2) first-class postage stamps to your mailed ballot.

** If you are concerned about missing the postmark deadline, hand-carry your absentee ballot to your nearest U.S. Post Office and ask the postal clerk at the counter to postmark your absentee ballot envelope by hand. 

To Submit Your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot In Person (by 8 pm, Tuesday, June 2, 2020) go to:

Montgomery County Board of Elections
18753 North Frederick Avenue, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

or you may submit your Vote By Mail / Absentee Ballot in person at any early voting site during Early Voting or any polling place on Election Day.