Legislation has not yet extended no excuse Vote by Mail for the 2021 Annual Town Election. It is believed that COVID election legislation to allow for vote by mail will be addressed prior to April 1st when vote by mail or absentee ballots would become available. Voters are encouraged to check back mid March for an update as most voters do not qualify for an absentee ballot.
Most voters do not qualify to receive an absentee ballot to be sent to them.
Massachusetts allows voters that QUALIFY to vote by absentee ballot if the voter is one of the following:
• Will be absent from your city or town on election day
• Have a physical disability that prevents voting at the polling place
• Cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
Absentee Voter Applications
Absentee ballots can only be MAILED to those who qualify. Voting in the Office of the Town Clerk is not available as the town offices remain closed to the public.
Email signed absentee ballot application to: email@example.com
Mail the signed absentee ballot application to:
Easton Town Clerk's Office
136 Elm Street
Easton, MA 02356
Absentee ballots are generally available 2-3 weeks prior to an election.
Deadlines to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by noon on the day before an election. A voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the fifth day prior to an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of polls and may request to have the ballot hand delivered.
Return of Absentee Ballots
Mailed Absentee Ballots include a return envelope that can be mailed or hand delivered and placed in the drop box outside of the Town Offices. Ballots can NOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day. They must be returned to the Town Clerks office for processing before they are deliver by Town Clerks staff to the polls on Election Day. All Absentee Ballots must be received before the close of Polls on Election Day to be counted.
Track your Absentee Ballot
For State Elections only, you can track your absentee ballot request to see if the Town Clerks Office has received and processed your application. You are able to see when a ballot was sent to you and how as well as when the returned ballot has been received in the Office of the Town Clerk.
Voters Living Outside of the U.S.
For Federal & State General Elections only, members of the Uniformed Services or U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. may request an Absentee Ballot be emailed, faxed or mailed to them. See above to download this application. For those submitting their ballot electronically (either fax or e-mail), it must be returned to the Town Clerks Office by the Close of Polls on Election Day. For those submitting their ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Election Day and received at the Town Clerks office by 5:00 p.m. EST, 10 days after the election.
Permanently Disabled Voters
A voter who is permanently disabled need not submit a request for an Absentee Ballot every election. If such a voter submits a note from a registered physician indicating that he is disabled permanently, the Town Clerk will automatically send an application for an absentee ballot each year for all elections during the year.