Absentee Voting By Mail
If a registered voter is unable to vote in person either at the Election Commission during early voting or at his/her
polling precinct on election day, he/she may vote by mail. The voter must apply for an absentee ballot and must cite
a valid legal reason for doing so.
Who is eligible to vote by mail?
In order to obtain an absentee ballot by mail, you must be a registered voter and must be one of the following:
- Over 60 years of age;
- Outside of the county during early voting and on election day;
- A student outside of the county;
- I am hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at my polling place to vote; and/or I have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
- I am a caretakeer of a hospitalized, ill or physically disabled person, and/or I have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
- A commercial driver or spouse of a commercial driver and will be outside the county during early voting and
election day (Copy of CDL must be attached)
- A riverboat worker and will be outside the county during early voting and election day (Copy of Transportation
Worker Identification Credentials must be attached)
If you are serving in the military and will be outside of the county during the election, or if you are a citizen
residing overseas, you are also eligible to vote by mail. Please see Military &
Overseas Voters for more information.
How Do I Apply To Vote By Mail?
You must submit a request to vote by mail to the Montgomery County Election Commission in writing. You may mail, fax
or email the completed form to the office. If emailing the document, it must be completed, signed, then scanned and
attached to an email. A simple email requesting a ballot is not sufficient to serve as the application. You may
write out your request on any piece of paper, or you may print out a pre-formatted Absentee By-Mail Voting Request.
You must include the following information in your request:
- Name (as registered)
- Residence Address in Montgomery County
- Mailing Address
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Election and Election Date
- Reason for Voting Absentee (If you are a commercial driver, please attach a copy of your CDL. If you are a
riverboat worker, please attach a copy of your TWIC)
- For primary elections, include a party preference
- Voter Signature
You must apply to vote by mail in this way separately for each election that you will need to vote absentee.
** If you will need to vote by mail in every election due to medical reasons, you may be eligible
to become a Permanent Absentee Voter.
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When Should I Apply To Vote By Mail?
The Election Commission will accept your request to vote by mail as early as ninety (90) days and as late as close of
Business seven (7) days before any election. Click here
for 2020 dates and deadlines.
Please keep in mind that voting by mail takes some time. The Election office must mail your ballot, you must complete
and return your ballot by mail, and the Election office must receive your completed ballot on or before the Polls
close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day for your vote to count (an Election-Day postmark is not sufficient). Please plan
the timing of your request accordingly.