You can vote by absentee Ballot if any of the following applies:
- You will be absent from Cambridge on election day during polling hours;
- You have a physical disability that prevents you from voting at the polling place;
- You cannot vote at the polls due to religious belief.
People with disabilities
If you are permanently disabled, you may apply to vote from home. Send a letter to the Election Office from your doctor, stating that you are permanently unable to cast your ballot at the polling place due to a physical disability. The Election Office will automatically mail you an application for an Absentee Ballot for all elections in a calendar year. You must sign the application and send it back.
Designated Health Care Facilities
A person who has been admitted to a hospital or other health care facility after twelve o'clock noon of the 5th day before a primary/election can request an absentee ballot up until the close of polls on Election Day. The ballot can be delivered by an election official or the voter can designate a person to deliver the ballot in person and then return it to the Election Commission.
Voting by Military and Overseas Citizens
Members of the Uniformed Services and U.S. Citizens who reside overseas are covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). In Massachusetts, UOCAVA citizens are considered “specially qualified voters” and voter registration is waived. UOCAVA citizens are eligible to vote in all elections in Massachusetts by requesting absentee ballots. For more information on how to apply, please visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemil/milidx.htm.
Frequently asked questions about absentee voting