Absentee ballot application deadlines: Received by noon on the day before the election - but highly recommended that you apply at least one month before the election.
Voted ballots are due: Received by the close of polls on Election Day
Massachusetts absentee ballot rules
You may vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts if:
you will be absent from your city or town on Election Day.
you have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place.
you cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
you are confined in a correctional facility or jail (but NOT on a felony charge) Generally, a voter must be registered in order to vote absentee, though several exceptions exist: Those outside of Massachusetts, prisoners, and members of the armed forces or merchant marine, or their spouses or dependents, do not need to be registered in order to vote absentee.
If you are registering for the first time in Massachusetts, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. Acceptable identification includes: a copy of a current and valid photo identification OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Massachusetts address.
You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in Massachusetts at least once. If you are a first time Massachusetts and you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable identification includes: a current and valid photo identification and Massachusetts address OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.first time copy
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