Absentee Ballot Instructions


Massachusetts allows voters to vote by Absentee Ballot if they:

  • Will be absent from your city/town on election day
  • Have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling location
  • Cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs

You may go to the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours, complete an application and vote absentee in person, up to noon the day before election day. Although the deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon the day before the election, we highly recommend submitting the application as soon as practicable. To have an absentee ballot mailed to you, you must apply in writing. Submit your application early to allow sufficient time for the ballot to be mailed to you and be returned by the close of polls on election day.


Returning your Absentee Ballot

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. Do not forget to sign the envelope! Then, insert the smaller envelope in the bigger envelope, place the proper postage on it and mail it back to the City Clerk’s Office.

Alternatively, you or a family member may hand-deliver the ballot to the City Clerk’s Office. Your completed ballot cannot be delivered directly to your polling location on election day. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by 8 p.m. at the City Clerk’s Office on Election Day.