COVID-19 Advisory: A recent bill has clarified that voters taking precautions related to COVID-19 are qualified to vote by absentee ballot. Early voting by mail is available for local elections being held on or before June 30, 2020, as well as for upcoming special state elections.
Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?
For subsequent elections, a Massachusetts voter is eligible for absentee ballot if they are prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day due to:
- Being absent from their city or town on Election Day;
- A physical disability;
- Their religious beliefs
Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required.
Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?
No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.
Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?
No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.
Last update: April 15, 2020