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How to vote by absentee ballot

How to vote by absentee ballot

You can vote by absentee ballot if you can’t go to the polls on Election Day. There are two ways to apply for a ballot.

Last updated: 8/15/17
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Before you get started by mail

You can request an absentee ballot for yourself, or have a family member request an absentee ballot for you. You have until 12 p.m. the day before the election to turn in your application.

Are you a Massachusetts citizen living outside of the U.S.?

The federal government has a separate application and process that you need to complete. Please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for more information.

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Fill out the application

If you're requesting an absentee ballot for yourself, please fill out the absentee ballot application. It includes instructions for how to complete the fields. The application is also available in Spanish.

If you're requesting an absentee ballot for a family member, please fill out the family absentee ballot application. It includes instructions and information on who qualifies as a family member. The family application is also available in Spanish.

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Mail us your application

Mail your completed application to:

Boston Election Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201

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Complete and send in your ballot

We’ll send you an Absentee Ballot in the mail with a set of return envelopes. You can mail the ballot or bring it in person to the address on the envelope.

If you’re returning your ballot in person, you must bring it to Boston City Hall, Room 241, by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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Before you get started in person

You can vote in person by Absentee Ballot at the Elections Department in Boston City Hall:

Boston Election Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You have until 12 p.m. the day before an election to vote by Absentee Ballot.

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Fill out the application

When you visit our office, you will be asked to fill out an absentee ballot application. It includes instructions for how to complete the fields. The application is also available in Spanish.

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Vote!

We'll give you an Absentee Ballot after you complete your application. You can fill our your Absentee Ballot and give it back to us that day.

Need to Know:
WHO CAN VOTE by ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Registered Massachusetts voters can use an absentee ballot if:

  • they’re going to be out of town during polling hours on Election Day
  • they have a physical disability and can't get to the voting location, or
  • they can't vote at the polls because of religious beliefs.

Non-registered voters can use an absentee ballot if:

  • they are a Massachusetts citizen, but they won’t be in the state
  • they are an active member of the military (this includes their spouses or dependents), or
  • they are in prison or jail on a non-felony conviction.
Absentee Information
Contact:
1 CITY HALL SQUARE, ROOM 241
BOSTON, MA 02201