Vote By Mail

Massachusetts voters have the option to vote early by mail in ALL elections, with no excuse required.  To request a vote-by-mail ballot for one registered voter, you may submit this completed, signed  Vote By Mail Application located here.  
To request vote-by-mail ballots for multiple voters AT THE SAME RESIDENCE, you may submit this completed, signed Vote By Mail Application (Roster) here. 

In addition to no-excuse early voting by mail, Massachusetts has absentee voting for those who qualify. While early Vote by Mail ballots are more common, there are special circumstances where you need to apply for an absentee ballot instead.

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or

  • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or

  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

Absentee voters use the same ballots as early voters and have the same deadlines for returning their ballots. Most voters who qualify for an absentee ballot can choose instead to apply for an early Vote by Mail ballot. There are some times that an absentee ballot application is needed. You should fill out an absentee ballot application if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen residing overseas; or

  • You are on active military duty; or

  • You are currently incarcerated for a reason other than a felony conviction; or

  • You are requesting an emergency absentee ballot due to hospitalization.


Once completed, there are several ways to submit your application: in person, in the drop box behind Town Hall, by mail, or emailed to  The deadline to request a ballot by mail must be received by 5 p.m. on the 5th business day before an election.  For Tuesday elections, this would mean by 5 p.m. the previous Tuesday before the election.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot in person at the Clerk’s office is by 12 p.m. one business day before an election.