Early Voting FAQ's

What is early voting?

Early voting is a process by which a registered voter can vote prior to a scheduled election.  All vote by mail ballots will be opened and inserted into a tabulator in the correct precinct on election day or in advance of a state election should the Town Clerk decide and post notice of such advance processing. All advance opened and/or deposited vote by mail ballots will be kept secured, locked, and without results determined or announced until the polls are closed on Election Day.

Who is eligible to vote early?

All residents who are registered voters on or before the deadline to register to vote for an upcoming election.

What if I am not registered?

You need to be a registered voter to vote by mail. Click here for the deadline to register for the next election. You can register online, by mail, or in person at town hall.

Can I register to vote and apply for my ballot at the same time?

Yes, as long as your registration form is received or postmarked by the last day to register to vote for that election, your application can be submitted with your registration form.

What if I'm not sure where I'm registered?

Before you fill out your mail-in ballot application, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website to confirm that you're registered at your current address.

What if I'm still registered at an old address?

If the voter registration deadline hasn't passed yet, you should register to vote at your current address. If there isn't time to update your address, you should apply using your old address where you are registered to vote if: (1) you have moved within the same city/town where you are registered, OR (2) you have moved to a new city/town in Massachusetts within 6 months of the election.

I requested an early voting ballot but did not receive it, what should I do?

If you requested an early voting ballot but did not receive it, please call our office at 508-881-0100 ext. 7127

If I applied for a vote by mail ballot can I appear to vote in person at the polls on Election Day?

If your vote by mail ballot has NOT been received back to the Town Clerk’s Office – YES, you may still appear to vote in person at the polls on Election Day. These voters will be required to complete additional paperwork and will need to show an ID. Should your mail in ballot be received after you voted polls on Election Day that ballot will be rejected and will not be counted

If a vote by mail ballot has already been received back by the Town Clerk’s Office – NO. A returned vote by mail ballot is considered cast and you will not be eligible to vote by mail, early in person or in person at the polls on Election Day.