I want to Vote by Absentee Ballot

Election Commission

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.


How to Start

  • To vote absentee by mail, you first have to apply for an Absentee Ballot.  
  • You can do this by either filling out the application form below or by sending a signed request to the Election Office that includes:
    • Your name; 
    • The address where you are registered to vote; 
    • The address where you want the ballot to be sent; 
    • The election(s) for which you need an Absentee Ballot. 
    • YOUR SIGNATURE 

To get an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote or meet criteria of “specially qualified voter”


Requirements

  • 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.
A specially qualified voter is a person: 
  • who is otherwise eligible to register as a voter and
  • whose present domicile is outside the United States and whose last domicile in the United States was Massachusetts or whose present domicile is Massachusetts and who is:
    • absent from the city or town of residence and in the active service of the armed forces or in the merchant marine of the United States or a spouse or dependent of such person;
    • absent from the commonwealth; or
    • confined in a correctional facility or a jail, except if by reason of felony conviction. 
If you are an unenrolled voter seeking to vote in a primary, you must indicate the party ballot that you prefer.



Additional Information

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.


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