How to Apply
If you are a registered voter, you may submit your vote-by-mail application online through the Massachusetts Mail-in Ballot Application System:
apply by mail or fax
If you want to mail or fax your application, you can download one:
- 2022 vote-by-mail application (English) / Solicitud de Voto por Correo 2022 (Español)
- 2022 vote-by-mail application (English) / Đơn Xin Bầu Bằng Thư 2022 (Tiếng Việt)
- 2022 vote-by-mail application (English) / 2022 年郵寄投票申請表 (中文)
You can scan your signed application and email it back to us at email@example.com or fax it to us at 617-635-4483. You can also drop off or mail your completed application to:
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applications to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by Tuesday, November 1, at 5 p.m. for the State Election on Tuesday, November 8.
Tracking your ballot
Boston voters can track their ballot requested by mail through the state's website. We will start mailing out ballots by mid-October. We will continue to mail ballots as applications arrive, until the November 1 application deadline.
Complete Your Ballot
Mail your ballot right away
You can mail the ballot to the address on the envelope. Please submit your completed ballot as soon as possible. The Boston Election Department is now providing postage paid envelopes for the return of voted ballots.
Please note: Ballots that are postmarked on November 8 have until November 12, 2022 to reach the Election Department to be counted. This only applies to ballots received through U.S. Mail.
RETURNing YOUR BALLOT IN PERSON?
If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, we have dedicated drop boxes available across the City, including at Boston City Hall. You can find a list of drop box locations below. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot.
When installed, our drop boxes will be monitored by surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week leading up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period.
can't drop off your mail-in ballot at your polling location?
If you bring a mail-in ballot to your polling location on Election Day, you will be provided with the opportunity to cast your vote in-person at that polling location.
A poll worker will help you to ensure that your mail-in ballot is spoiled before casting the in-person vote.
List of drop box locations
Keep in mind
If you have already applied for an Absentee Ballot, you do not need to fill out an application for a mail-in ballot.
Some voters are concerned that mail-in voting will be their only option for voting in the 2022 State Elections. The Boston Election Department would like to reassure voters that in-person voting will remain an option for all precincts.
For convenience and to reduce crowding, early voting will be available in the City of Boston:
- State Election: Saturday, October 22, through Friday, November 4, 2022