Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:
- will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
- have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
- cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
Voting for Military and Oversease US Citizens differs slightly. Please click here for more information.
Early voting will be available for biennial November state elections only, beginning with the November 8, 2016 State Election.
Applying for Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots must be requested in writing by either the voter or the voter's family member. When completing the application, you may indicate whether you are requesting a ballot for a specific election, or if you will be needing a ballot for all elections this year. All requests for absentee ballots must be received by your local election official no later than 12 p.m. on the day before the election for which the ballot is being requested.
A completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day to be counted. If you are voting from outside the United States, your completed absentee ballot for a final state or city election can be received up until 10 days after the election, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
If you would like to vote in person, you may do so in the office of the Town Clerk. In-person absentee voting should be arranged ahead of time.
Counting Absentee Ballots
Except for ballots which are rejected as defective, all absentee ballots are cast and counted by the poll workers on Election Day. Absentee ballots are included in the final tallies, and are counted whether or not an election contains a close race.
For more information on Absentee Voting, please click here.