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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.

for more information.

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Fill out the application

If you're requesting an absentee ballot for yourself, please fill out an application:

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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 to the address on the envelope. Please submit your completed ballot as soon as possible. You can . Make sure to call the Elections Department before Election Day if you haven't seen movement in the tracker.

Plan to return your ballot in person?
  • If you plan to return your ballot in person instead of mailing it, we have a dedicated dropbox at Boston City Hall. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot. You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City's early voting period.
  • If a voter brings a mail-in ballot to their polling location on Election Day, they will be provided with the opportunity to cast their vote in-person at that polling location. A poll worker will help them in ensuring that their mail-in ballot is spoiled before casting the in-person vote.
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Before you get started in person

 to schedule an appointment. After you book an appointment, you can vote in person by Absentee Ballot at Boston City Hall:

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

  • For the 2020 state primaries on Tuesday, September 1, you have until Monday, August 31, at 12 p.m. to turn in your application.
  • For the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, you have until Monday, November 2, at 12 p.m. to turn in your application.
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Fill out the application

When you visit our office, you will be asked to fill out an . It includes instructions for how to complete the fields. The .

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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

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