Mail-in Voting Underway for General Election

Residents can now vote by mail in Montgomery County for the upcoming Nov. 8 Gubernatorial General Election. 

Voters can return their completed mail-in ballots to any of the 55 drop boxes available in the county. To find the nearest drop box or post office locator, text BOX plus your zip code to 77788 or visit 

For mail-in votes to be counted, Montgomery County Board of Elections officials say the ballots need to be postmarked no later than Nov. 8, and the oath on the postage-paid return envelope must be signed. 

In accordance with state law, mail-in ballots cannot be counted until the day after the election. However, a Maryland judge recently ruled that election officials can begin counting mail-in ballots as of Oct. 1. The ruling aims to prevent delays experienced during the primary election.

The pre-election mail-in canvass will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15, at the Montgomery County Board of Elections Office located at 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 210, Gaithersburg. The canvass will be opened to the public and it will be livestreamed on the Board of Elections web page. Canvass dates will be added to the schedule depending on the volume of ballots received. Results from the pre-election canvass will not be released until polls close on Election Day.

To request a mail-in ballot, text VBM to 77788 or visit

Eligible residents who plan to vote in the general election must register by Oct. 18.

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