Elections: Absentee Voting & Early Voting

Absentee Voting–By Mail

On March 23, 2020 the Massachusetts Legislature and Governor have temporarily (until June 30, 2020) expanded acceptable reasoning for voting absentee to include any person taking precaution related to Covid-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority.

We encourage you to vote by mail. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 PM on the fourth business day before the election (5 PM, August 26, 2020). Please file your request early to allow time for your ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return your voted ballot so it reaches Town Hall by close of polls to be counted.

Overview of Absentee Voting Process

All Absentee Ballot requests must be made in writing and signed. Absentee ballots are sent out in the order in which requests are received.  Please provide a phone number and/or email address in case a question arises as we prepare your ballot.  Absentee ballot requests can be for a specific election date or for the rest of the calendar year. All absentee requests expire December 31st.  When the voter receives the absentee ballot in the mail, the voter should mark the ballot, complete & sign the inner affidavit envelope and, as soon as possible, return the voted ballot (sealed inside inner envelope) to the Town Clerk.  Voted absentee ballots may not be brought directly to precinct polling places.  Voted ballots may be returned by mail or dropped off by the voter or a family member at the Town Clerk’s Office before the polls close.  Ballots received after the polls close cannot be counted. 

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

There are two methods to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you: you may complete an Absentee Ballot Application or write a letter.  A signed application or letter may be mailed, dropped off, emailed or faxed (see specifics below) to the Town Clerk’s Office.  A family member may also apply for the voter using the Absentee Ballot Application and checking off the first box under Special Circumstances. 

  1. Complete, sign and submit an Absentee Ballot Application form to the Belmont Town Clerk's office. The form is available online or at any Town or City Clerk's Office.
  2. Write a letter to the Town Clerk. Be certain to sign your letter and include the following information:
  • current date
  • voter name
  • voter address (as registered)
  • date of the election(s) you would like the absentee ballot mailed to you
  • if your request includes a Primary, indicate which party ballot (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, or Green-Rainbow)
  • mailing address where we should send the ballot
  • signature.

Send your written request (application form or letter) by any ONE of the following methods:

  1. By email to [email protected] (send pdf or clear photo of signed form or letter)
  2. By fax to (617) 993-2601
  3. By dropping off into the box outside the entrance to the Town Hall Building (facing the driveway). 
  4. By mail to:
Belmont Town Clerk
Town Hall
PO Box 56

Belmont, MA 02478

Early Voting by Mail

We encourage you to vote by mail. The deadline to request an Early Voting Ballot is 5 PM on the fourth business day before the election. Please file your request early to allow time for your ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return your voted ballot so it reaches Town Hall by close of polls to be counted.

Overview of Early Voting By Mail Process

All early voting ballot requests must be made in writing and signed. When requesting an early voting ballot, please be certain to leave enough time for mailing.  Early voting ballots are sent out in the order in which requests are received.  Please provide a phone number or email address in case there's a question as we prepare your ballot.  Early voting ballot requests are for a specific election.  When the voter receives the early voting ballot in the mail, the voter should mark the ballot, complete & sign the inner affidavit envelope, and return the voted ballot (sealed inside inner envelope) to the Town Clerk.  Voted early voting ballots may not be brought directly to precinct polling places.  Voted ballots may be returned by mail or dropped off by the voter to the Town Clerk’s Office before the polls close.  Ballots received after the polls close cannot be counted.  Once the voted early voting ballot is received, the voter’s process of voting is complete and may not be changed.

Requesting an Early Voting  by Mail Ballot

To request an early voting ballot, complete an Early Voting Ballot Application.  The signed application or letter may be mailed, dropped off, emailed or faxed (see specifics below).  A ballot will be mailed to you.  Please allow enough time for US Postal Service; voted ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before the close of polls in order to be counted.

Send your written request (application form or letter) by any ONE of the following methods:

  1. By email to [email protected] (send pdf or clear photo of signed early ballot application form or letter)
  2. By dropping off into the silver payments box outside the entrance to the Homer Municipal Building (across the driveway from Town Hall).
  3. By fax to (617) 993-2601
  4. By mail to
Belmont Town Clerk
Town Hall
PO Box 56

Belmont, MA 02478

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act – UOCAVA – Members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving on Active Duty, their family members, and Citizens residing outside the U.S.

If you are a member of the U.S. Military on active duty, their family member, or a U.S. Citizen residing outside the U.S. you are eligible to vote in every election (local, primary, and state).  You may file a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to receive absentee ballots. For more information, follow this link for UOCAVA voters.  This is only available to citizens living outside the U.S.; it is not available to citizens travelling outside the US.