In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, a voter must be prevented from voting at their polling place
on Election Day, due to:
- Absence from the town on Election Day; or Physical disability; or Religious belief.
Applying for Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots must be requested in writing by either the voter or the voter's family member. If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you may submit an application or a signed letter to your local election official (town clerk’s office).
When completing the application, you may indicate whether you are requesting a ballot for a specific election, or if you will be needing a ballot for all elections this year. Please note that absentee ballot applications expire at the end of each calendar year. If you are a voter with a permanent physical disability, you may file a note from your doctor to that effect with your local election official. Voters with permanent physical disabilities are sent completed applications at the beginning of each year, to be signed and returned to their local election official.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by your local election office by 12 p.m. on the day before the election, unless the day before the election is a holiday or a Sunday, in which case the application must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the last business day before the election.
Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail; however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot. If the application is being submitted by e-mail, a scanned copy of the request must be submitted.
Office of the Town Clerk
48 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
Fax Number: 978-774-6167
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org