Early & Absentee Voting in Concord
EARLY VOTING BY MAIL
- Early Voting by mail is available for the March 25, 2021 Annual Town Election. Apply to vote by mail
- Applications may be submitted in person (by appointment), by mail, by drop box, or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org); however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot. If the application is being submitted by e-mail, a scanned copy of the request must be submitted.
Applying for Absentee Ballots (from the State Elections Division)
- Absentee ballots must be requested in writing by either the voter or the voter’s family member. You may use an absentee ballot application form from the State Elections Division page; however, any written communication evidencing a desire for an absentee ballot is acceptable.
- If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you may submit an application or a signed letter to the Concord Town Clerk’s Office. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a family member, be sure to submit the request to the local election official where the voter is actually registered.
- When completing the application, you may indicate whether you are requesting a ballot for a specific election, or if you will be needing a ballot for all elections this year.
- Please note that absentee ballot applications expire at the end of each calendar year.
- If you are a voter with a permanent physical disability, you may file a note from your doctor to that effect with your local election official. Voters with permanent physical disabilities are sent completed applications at the beginning of each year, to be signed and returned to their local election official.
- Absentee ballot applications by mail or drop box must be received by your local election office by 5:00 p.m. on the fourth business day before the election, Absentee ballot applications submitted in person by 12 noon the day before the election is an alternative to applying by mail. An appointment is needed while Town offices are closed to the public.
If you are voting by mail, you should be sure to submit your application in a timely manner. Please allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return the ballot by Election Day. All ballots being mailed from inside the United States must be received by your local election official no later than the close of polls on Election Day.
If you would like to vote in person, you may do so in the office of your local election official. In-person absentee voting should be arranged ahead of time.
When Absentee and Early voted Ballots are Counted
Except for ballots which are rejected as defective, all absentee ballots are cast and counted by the poll workers on Election Day. Absentee ballots are included in the final tallies, and are counted whether or not an election contains a close race. Early and vote by mail ballots will be tabulated at a Central Tabulation Facility on Election Day.
More information about Absentee Voting in Massachusetts.