How to get an absentee ballot

Absenteeform.jpgA registered voter who is unable to vote during normal polling hours on Election Day can request an absentee ballot. It's easy to do so:

1) Download the blank form (pdf)
2) Fill it out on your computer (any program that opens PDF files will work)
3) Print and sign the bottom
4) Stamp and mail. You're done!

When do I send in my application?

mail.jpgRight away! Absentee ballot applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You need to submit your application early enough to allow time for the ballot to be mailed back to you and then returned by the close of polls on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 8:00 p.m.) The best bet is to send in your application right away!

What happens next?

ballot.jpgYou will be mailed an absentee ballot at the address you specified once the ballots are printed.  That usually happens about three weeks prior to the Election (around mid-October) though the exact timing may vary by town.

The ballot will come with instructions and a set of return envelopes.  After making your choices on the ballot, you must enclose it in the inner (smaller) brown envelope and read and complete the information on the front of that envelope and sign it.  Then insert the smaller envelope in the bigger envelope, place proper postage on it and mail it back to your town hall.

If you wish you may also return your absentee ballot in person to the town clerk’s office prior to Election Day.  Office hours vary so check your town website to make sure the Clerk’s office is open before you go. Please note that you are not allowed to deliver your completed absentee ballot directly to your polling place on Election Day.

What if I am not registered to vote?

Regform.jpgYou can still do an absentee ballot but you will need to register first.The good news is you can now register to vote online through the Secretary of State's secure website.

If you prefer you can Download a Mail-In Voter Registration form here. Follow the instructions on the form, sign and mail it in. You should get a confirmation from your Town Clerk's office in 2-3 weeks. You can also request a voter registration form be mailed to you by calling 1-800-462-VOTE or e-mailing your request to

Finally you can also register to vote in person at your local Town Hall in the Clerk's office during regular business hours. The deadline to register to vote is 20 days prior to the election. 

How can I check my voter registration status?

The Secretary of State has a new feature that allows you to check your registration status online. Here is the link.

How to contact your Town Clerk:

Additional information:

Rep. Josh S. Cutler
State House, Room 167
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2810

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