Massachusetts residents are allowed to vote absentee if they will be absent from the town during normal polling hours, have physical disabilities that prevent them from going to their polling place, and/or cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
To vote absentee, all Absentee Ballot requests must be made in writing. Absentee ballot applications can be used for one election or for an entire calendar year. A new application must be filed for each subsequent calendar year.
Each ballot must be mailed directly to the voter. When filing for an absentee ballot, please be certain to leave enough time for the ballot to be mailed and returned to the Town Clerk by close of polls on election day and ALWAYS provide a phone number or email address in case there's a question.
An UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) absentee
ballot can be received up to ten (10) days after the election*, but the envelope must be postmarked on or before the date of the election.
*State and Federal Elections only
There are two methods and they are as follows:
Write a letter to the Town Clerk. Be certain to provide an original signature on the document and include the following information:
- your name
- voting address
- date of the election
- mailing address for the ballot
- reason you require an absentee ballot.
If you are an unenrolled (independent) voter, requesting a ballot for a state primary election you must indicate the party of the ballot you request. Please note that fax and email requests are not acceptable, only original signatures are acceptable.
Complete, sign and submit an Absentee Ballot Application form to the Belmont Town Clerk's office. The form is also available at any Town or City Clerk's Office and public libraries throughout the State.
If you are an unenrolled (independent) voter requesting a ballot for a state primary election you must indicate the party of the ballot you request.
Mail your request to:
Belmont Town Clerk
455 Concord Ave.
Belmont, MA 02478
If the voter is unable to submit the form, a family member may apply for the voter using the
Members of the U.S. Military and U.S. Citizens Living Abroad, follow the link for