Early Voting

2022 State Primary and Election

As of January 2022, early voting is only available for the November 8, 2022 State Election. Information about times and locations for in-person early voting will be posted by October. Applications to vote by mail for 2022 elections are not yet available. 

Because the state legislature did not pass an extension to the temporary state laws that allowed no-excuse voting by mail in 2020 and 2021, absentee ballots are currently the only option to vote by mail for the State Primary. You can find more information on who qualifies for an absentee ballot below.

Election laws may change - please check back closer to the September primary date for updates.

Absentee vs. Early Voting

In Massachusetts, absentee voting is available in all elections, while early voting is only available for certain elections. The two systems overlap in several ways, but the most important difference is that absentee voters must have an excuse, while there is no excuse needed in order to vote early.

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or
  • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or
  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

In elections in which early voting is available, there may still be certain circumstances when it would be appropriate to apply for an absentee ballot instead of an early ballot. You should complete an absentee ballot application if you are:

  • A military voter on active duty;
  • A Massachusetts citizen residing outside of the United States;
  • A voter who has been admitted to the hospital within 1 week of the election;
  • A voter who has been quarantined within 1 week of the election;
  • A voter who is incarcerated.

For more information on Absentee Voting, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/absentee


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