How to Request an Absentee Ballot for the Primary on 9/4/18


FOCUS: Planning ahead for the Primary Election
GOAL: Requesting an absentee ballot if you are not able to vote on Tuesday, Sept 4th, 2018
DEADLINE: August 31st, 2018 at 5pm

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Massachusetts’ Primary Election is on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. Did you know that is the day after Labor Day?

Did you know that Massachusetts does NOT offer early voting for Primary Elections?

Will you be back from the long weekend?  Will you be able to vote on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 between 7am-8pm?

This years Primary Election is one of the most important elections of our time.  Every vote counts.

When I learned that my husband’s surgery was on Tuesday, September 4th my heart sank because I wasn’t sure how or when I would get to vote.  I went online looking for early voting dates only to learn that Massachusetts does not offer early voting for primaries. My only option is to vote by absentee ballot. This will be my first time voting in a Primary Election and my first time voting by absentee ballot.  Your absentee ballot request must be received by August 31, 2018 before 5pm.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

If you are like me and need to vote absentee, it is super easy.

  1. Go here and print out the absentee ballot request http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2018-Short-Form-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf
  2. Fill it out and sign.
  3. Then go here and find your Town or City Hall location: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm. Mail your completed absentee ballot in a stamped envelope.  It must be received by August 31, 2018 before 5pm.

Absentee ballot says “I want to vote! Massachusetts Official Absentee Ballot Application” A hand is filling out the form. The name Kristin has been written. In the background is an envelope with a stamp.

Once you have mailed your request, you can track your absentee ballot’s status here http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx

Once you receive the ballot, fill it out and mail back. Ballot must be received by September 4, 2018.