How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot

Absentee Ballot Information

Massachusetts allows you to vote by absentee ballot if you:

  • will be absent from your city or town on Election Day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that limits your access to the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at a poll location due to a religious belief.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

If you wish, you can simply download a standard application right here, either for yourself or a family member.  Complete the form and mail it to your city/town clerk.

Although the deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon the day before the election, we highly recommend submitting the application well before then.  An absentee ballot is only counted if you return it by the time polls close on Election Day.

You can also vote absentee at your city or town hall.  To do so, contact your city/town clerk.  If you wish, you can cast your vote two or three weeks before the election.

Returning your Absentee Ballot
The ballot comes with instructions and two return envelopes. After marking the ballot, insert it in the smaller, brown envelope.  Read, complete the information, and sign the front of the smaller envelope.  Enclose this smaller envelope inside the bigger envelope, place proper postage on it and mail it back to your city or town hall.

Alternatively, you or a family member may hand deliver the completed ballot to your town or city clerk’s office.

Please note: You cannot bring your completed ballot directly to your polling place on Election Day.

If you are voting from outside the United States, your completed absentee ballot can be received up until 10 days after the election, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

City/Town Clerk Contact Info

BEDFORD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
10 MUDGE WAY
01730
Phone: (781) 275-0083
Fax: (781) 275-5757
Email: dtremblay@bedfordma.gov
Website: www.befordma.gov
Hours: M-F, 8 am-4 pm
CARLISLE
TOWN HALL
66 WESTFORD STREET
01741
Phone: (978) 369-6155
Fax: (978) 371-0594
Email: chinton@carlisle.mec.edu
Website: www.carlislema.gov
Hours: M-F, 9 am-3 pm & by appointment
CHELMSFORD
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
50 BILLERICA RD
01824
Phone: (978) 250-5205
Fax: (978) 250-5208
Email: omaloney@townofchelmsford.us
Website: www.townofchelmsford.us
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am-4 pm
CONCORD
OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK
22 MONUMENT SQUARE
P.O. BOX 535
01742
Phone: (978) 318-3080
Fax: (978) 318-3093
Email: townclerk@concordma.gov
Website: www.concordma.gov
Hours: (Sept-June) M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. (July-Aug) M-Th, 8:30 am-5 pm; F, 8:30 am-12 pm
LEXINGTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
1625 MASS. AVE
02420
Phone: (781) 862-0500
Fax: (781) 861-2754
Email: townclerk@lexingtonma.gov
Website: www.lexingtonma.gov
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
LINCOLN
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
16 LINCOLN ROAD
01773
Phone: (781) 259-2607
Fax: (781) 259-4300
Email: brookss@lincolntown.org
Website: www.lincolntown.org
Hours: (Sept-June) M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. (July-Aug) M-Th, 8 am-5 pm; F, closed.
SUDBURY
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
322 CONCORD RD.
01776
Phone: (978) 639-3351
Fax: (978) 443-0264
Email: clerk@sudbury.ma.us
Website: www.sudbury.ma.us
Hours: M-F, 9 am-5 pm
WALTHAM
DEPARTMENT OF CITY CLERK
610 MAIN STREET
02452
Phone: (781) 314-3120
Fax: (781) 314-3130
Email: rmalone@city.waltham.ma.us
Website: www.city.waltham.ma.us
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
WESTON
TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
11 TOWN HOUSE ROAD
P.O. BOX 378
02493
Phone: (781) 893-7320
Fax: (781) 529-0106
Email: davenport.d@westonmass.org
Website: www.weston.org
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am-5 pm