Absentee and Provisional Ballots Counted Following Election
Voters who are unable to vote in person on Election Day or during Early Voting and have requested an absentee ballot, as well as those voters who vote a provisional ballot on Election Day, will have their votes counted in the days following the election. The unofficial results released on election night contain only those votes cast on voting machines during Early Voting and in the polling place on Election Day.
The absentee, provisional, and overseas ballots are counted during special canvass sessions held during the weeks following the election. The results of the canvasses are then included with the Election Day totals and released as the official election results. The canvasses, which are open to the public, begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 105, in Gaithersburg. Canvasses for the 2012 Presidential General Election begin on: Absentee Canvass I, November 8; Provisional Canvass, November 14; and Absentee Canvass II, November 16. The statewide election results are certified on December 11, 2012.