Absentee Ballots

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Applying for an absentee ballot...
All applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing. Click here to download an absentee ballot application.
You must apply for an absentee ballot from the town clerk no later than noon on the day before the election. Applications may be mailed or hand delivered and you may use any form of written communication (letter or postcard) or the official application form. A family member may apply in the same manner for you. Include on the application:

  • your name and address as registered,
  • ward and precinct, if you know them,
  • the precise address where the ballot should be sent,
  • your own signature.

A ballot will be sent to any address you specify – including your own home. Be sure to apply early.

Requesting to vote in person...
If you meet the qualifications to vote absentee, but do not want to have a ballot mailed to you, you may request to vote in person before election day. You may vote at the town clerk’s office before election day at a time arranged with the clerk, but the application for your ballot must be made no later than noon on the day before the election. Call the clerk’s office (508-234-2001) to make certain that the absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots should be available three weeks before an election.

Voting by absentee ballot. . .
The ballot will come with instructions and a set of return envelopes. After making your choices on the ballot, you must enclose it in the inner (smaller) brown envelope and complete the information on the front of that envelope and sign it. Then you put the smaller envelope in the bigger envelope, place proper postage on it and mail it back to the town clerk’s office at the town hall. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on election day.
If you are not able to write, the person assisting you must sign your name as well as their name, address and telephone number.