How to Vote by an Absentee Ballot

Applying for an Absentee Ballot

All applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing. You must apply for an absentee ballot from your city or town clerk or election commission no later than noon of the day before the election. Applications may be mailed or hand delivered and you may use any form of written communication or the official application form. 

A family member of a person qualified to vote by absentee ballot may apply in the same manner for you. 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. Follow the directions on the brown envelope very carefully.

Requesting to Vote by Absentee Ballot

A ballot will be sent to any address you specify-including your own home. Be sure to apply early. Include on the application:

  • The party ballot you wish in a primary
  • The precise address where the ballot should be sent
  • Ward and precinct, if you know them
  • Your name and address as registered
  • Your own signature

Requesting to Vote in Person

If you prefer, you may request to vote in person before election day. The application for your ballot must be made no later than noon of the day before the election. A voter may apply for an absentee ballot and then voter over-the-counter during the same visit.

What if I Am Permanently Disabled?

If you are permanently physically disabled and cannot cast your vote at the polling place, you may file a letter from your physician with your Town Clerk stating that you are permanently unable to cast your vote at the polling place because of physical disability. A completed application for an absentee ballot for you to sign and return will be mailed to you at the beginning of every year.