Absentee Voting

Applying for an Absentee Ballot*

*Applications are good for one (1) calendar year.

To qualify to vote by Absentee Ballot you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Voter must be absent from the City during normal polling hours; or    
  2. Voter with physical disability preventing them from going to the polling place; or    
  3. Voter's religious belief.
  4. If you are a US citizen residing abroad with an overseas address, please see the section below and use the FCPA form.

Absentee ballots can be voted through the mail for the November 3 election. 

To have an Absentee Ballot sent to you, complete the Absentee Ballot Application below and mail or deliver it to the City Clerk's Office.

Download an Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee Ballot Application (for individuals AND family members)

2020 Vote by Mail Application 

Voter: Complete Applications for an Absentee Ballot may be sent by mail, fax, e-mail, or hand-delivered by the voter or any other person.  

Voter's Family Member: A family member of a person qualified to vote by absentee ballot may apply in the same manner for you. Download and use the application above.

You may send a written request to the City Clerk's Office.  Please include in your request your Newton address, the address to which you would like the ballot sent, the election(s) for which you require absentee ballots and your signature.  

 Mail your request to: Newton Election Commission, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA  02459

You may also send a completed and signed scan of your absentee ballot application electronically. Applications submitted electronically must be signed and scanned so that the signature is visible. PDF is the preferred format for sending the document electronically, however other formats are accepted.

E-mail your request to: elections@newtonma.gov

Voting for Military and Overseas U.S. Citizens

If you are a Massachusetts citizen, you have the right to vote in all elections, even if you are deployed, stationed outside the Commonwealth, or residing overseas.

Download and Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

For more information please visit here.

Please Note: Requests for absentee ballots for the November 3 election must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28.

  (However, as a practical matter, if you want the ballot mailed, you may want to request the ballot further in advance, so as to allow time for delivery) It is possible to have a standing order so that absentee ballots for all the elections in a particular year that you are eligible to vote in are sent to you, you may do this by selecting "All Elections This Year" on the absentee ballot application. 

Additional information on voting by absentee ballot can be found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website HERE.

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