Absentee Voting

Applying for an Absentee Ballot

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. Absentee ballots can be voted over-the-counter at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, during regular office hours through noon on the day before the election.

Absentee ballots can also be obtained, and voted, through the mail: to request an absentee ballot, 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 (PDF)
Peticion de Voto en Ausencia (PDF)

Note: 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 below.
Absentee Ballot Application by a Family Member(PDF)
Peticion de Voto en Ausencia para un Familiar

Or you may send a written request to the City Clerk.  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

E-mail requests or faxes are not acceptable. Requests for absentee ballots may be made up until noon on the day before the election. (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. 

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

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