Absentee and Early Voting
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Absentee vs. Early Voting
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In Massachusetts, absentee voting is available in all elections, while early voting is available only in certain elections. The two systems overlap in several ways, but the most important difference is that absentee voters must have an excuse (listed above), while there is no excuse needed in order to vote early.
In elections in which early voting is available, there may still be certain circumstances when it would be appropriate to apply for an absentee ballot instead of an early ballot. such as: incarceration, quarantine (within 1 week of the election), and hospitalization (within 1 week of the election).
Voting for Military and Overseas U.S. Citizens
Absentee Ballot Eligibility
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
Applying for a Ballot
Absentee ballots must be requested in writing at least 5 business days before Election Day. Applications are available for download below. For absentee ballot applications, a member of your family may also make the request on your behalf.
If you need an application mailed to you, you may contact the Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) or firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact our office directly.
How to submit your application:
- BY MAIL: City Clerk’s Office, 210 Main Street, Room 4, Northampton MA 01060
- BY EMAIL: email@example.com
- BY FAX: (413) 587-1220
- IN HAND: Drop-off box located at Front Steps of City Hall, 210 Main Street (as of 9/3/2020 a bigger GREY box installed)