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 are only valid through December 31st and a new application must be filed for each 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 election day and ALWAYS provide a phone number or email address in case there's a question.
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. 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