Gov. Larry Hogan announced recently that the general election will take place as scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 3, with early voting centers and all polling locations open.

Hogan directed the Maryland State Board of Elections to send an absentee ballot request application to every registered Maryland voter. To receive an absentee ballot application, you must be registered to vote.

(Visit to register online.)

If you believe you’re already registered to vote, check your registration at, or text “check” to 77788 to confirm.

If you’ve moved, be sure to update your mailing address by Tuesday, Oct. 13, to ensure that you receive an absentee ballot application and important notifications.

Here’s how to request an absentee ballot:

Online: Access the online application at You must have a Maryland driver’s license or other MVA-issued card to apply online. The online process is also used for voter registration, so by using it you will make sure your voter registration is correct. The online application can also be accessed by texting VBM to 77788.

By Mail: Print out the form in English ( or Spanish (, fill it out, and return by mail, email, fax or in person to the Board of Elections.

By Phone: Call the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 240-777-8550.