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Voting by Mail


EARLY VOTING BY MAIL


On March 16, 2021 the Governor signed legislation - An Act further providing for Early Voting by Mail - allowing all registered voters to qualify to vote by mail in 2021 elections held on or before June 30th.  

MOST VOTERS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT -
BUT ALL VOTERS QUALIFY FOR AN EARLY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT FOR THE 2021 ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION.

      Vote by Mail 2021 Application                     Deadline for application to be received at Town Clerk's Office
   Annual Town Election - April 24th                                            Tuesday, April 20th - 5PM

APPLY EARLY
- to allow ample time for the processing of your application and for the postal services to deliver your ballot to you.    If you are concerned about applying too early - please note that voters can hold on to their ballot and return it during the week prior to the election.  Voters who receive a vote by mail ballot but do not return it prior to election day may appear to vote in person on Election Day to cast a ballot.  Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot (or voted early in person - state elections only) cannot vote on Election Day.
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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR VOTING ABSENTEE OR NO EXCUSE EARLY VOTING BY MAIL
  • Voting in the Office of the Town Clerk is not available as the town offices remain closed to the public.
  • Ballots can only be MAILED - you may not pick up a ballot.
  • Ballots are generally available for mailing 2-3 weeks prior to the election.
Deadlines to Apply for an Absentee or Early Vote by Mail Ballot
Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by 5PM on the 4th business day before an election.  

Please note that US Postal delivery services are not consistent and can range from 3 to 11 days.  We recommend voters return their ballots in the drop box outside of the town offices by the close of polls on Election Day to ensure it arrives back to us in time to count.

Submitting your Absentee or Early Vote by Mail Application:

  • Mail the signed application to:
                                       Easton Town Clerk's Office
                                       136 Elm Street
                                       Easton, MA 02356

  • Drop off the signed application in the silver Tax Collectors box outside of town hall (address above)

Return of Absentee or Vote by Mail Ballots
Mailed ballot packets include a manila envelope - you must sign the affidavit on this envelope and place your completed ballot inside that envelope.  You may return your ballot by mail or hand deliver your ballot by placing it in the large ballot 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 Clerk's office (via outside drop box) for processing before they are delivered, by Town Clerks staff, to the polls on Election Day. 

All Absentee or Early Vote by Mail Ballots must be received before the close of Polls on Election Day to be counted.

Track your Mailed Ballot 
You can track your mailed ballot request to see if the Town Clerk's Office has received and processed your application. You are able to see when a ballot was sent to you and when the returned ballot has been recorded as received in the Office of the Town Clerk.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS

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 - you may not pick up an absentee ballot.
2021 Easton Absentee Ballot Application

Delivery of Absentee Ballots - Special circumstances
A voter who is admitted to a health care facility, or is taking precautions related to COVID-19, after noon on the seventh 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.  Please contact the Town Clerk's Office to request an application for this special circumstance.  

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 below to download this application. For those submitting their ballot electronically (either fax or e-mail), it must be returned to the Town Clerk's 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 Clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. EST, 10 days after the election.

Permanently Disabled Absentee 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.  The permanently disabled voter will only need to sign and return the application in order to qualify to receive absentee ballots for all elections that year.  

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EARLY VOTING (by Mail or in person)  FAQ:

If I applied for a vote by mail ballot can I appear to vote in person at an early voting site (state elections only) or 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 early in person or at the 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 (state elections only) or in person at the polls on Election Day.

When & how is an early voter's ballot cast?

All vote by mail and early voting in person 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.