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Absentee Voting

Any registered voter who will be unable to personally appear at the polls because he/she:

  • Unavoidably absent from the county of his residence because his duties, occupation, business or studies require him to be elsewhere on Election Day,
  • Absent from county of residence because of vacation,
  • Patient of veterans administration hospital,
  • Absent from county due to the accompanying of a spouse, parent or child who would be entitled to an absentee ballot,
  • Detained in jail awaiting trial, action by grand jury, or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony,
  • Ill or physically disabled temporary or permanent, or a primary caregiver for ill or disabled person(s).

Questions regarding Village or School Election Absentee ballots and procedures you must contact Village or School District Office for forms and information.

**For information regarding Military or Federal Absentee ballots and procedures please contact our office or click here to be redirected for forms and information.

You may also request an Absentee Ballot by completing the online application or by sending a letter or emailing the county board of elections. Applications requesting to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by the board of elections no later than fifteen days before the election. For absentee ballots to be received in-person, applications must be received by your board no later than the day before the election.

The following information must be contained in the correspondence:

  • the address where you are registered
  • an address where the ballot is to be sent
  • the reason for the request, and
  • name or names of person(s) for who the request is being made

If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.

Absentee voters in Montgomery County, concerned with mailing their ballot, may drop off completed absentee ballots prior to Election Day at the Board of Elections Office. Or during early voting hours at the Early Voting poll site.

If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application containing a statement which describes the particulars of your illness or disability. The Board will review the facts stated, and if satisfied, will mark your registration record. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.

If you are visually impaired or otherwise have a disability such that your disability requires you to use a special accessible absentee ballot that can be read by a screen reader, you can request such a ballot on this page, using the Accessible Absentee Ballot Application

Voters using the accessible absentee ballot system in need of printing services in order to print their ballot can access such services at certain public printing resources, including but not limited to, libraries, print stores, shipping stores, and office supply stores. Voters should contact their local printing resources for details on the printing services offered.

In-person voting using an accessible Ballot Marking Device (“BMD”) during early voting or on Election Day is still available to voters with a disability who do not want to vote by absentee ballot using the accessible absentee ballot system.

For more information on absentee voting, please see FAQ's