APPLYING FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT
Absentee and early Vote by Mail ballots must be requested in writing at least 5 business days before Election Day. Applications are available for download below, but any written request is acceptable if it has your signature on it. For absentee ballot applications, a member of your family may also make the request on your behalf.
Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or fax. If you are emailing your application, you may either scan or take a photo of your signed application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may sign your application using a mouse, finger, or stylus and email the completed and signed attachment. Typed signatures are not acceptable.
If you are not able to print the application, you may request that one be mailed to you or you may write a letter to your local election official requesting your ballot. Make sure to include your name, your address, the place you would like the ballot mailed, and your signature. If you are requesting a primary ballot and you are unenrolled (independent), be sure to indicate which party's ballot you want to have mailed to you.
To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:
ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
Effective immediately, early voting by mail must be available for all state elections, state primaries and presidential primaries.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth will be mailing Vote by Mail applications at least 45 days before every regular state primary, state election and presidential primary. The applications will be sent to everyone registered to vote by the 60th day before the election who has not already applied for a ballot. The applications will be pre-addressed to the local election office and postage pre-paid.
Similar to the absentee ballot voting requirements, an application must be completed with an original signature.
You may obtain the application online or by contacting the Worcester Elections at 508-799-1134.
EARLY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT APPLICATION
For most elections, all ballots will still have to be returned by close of polls on Election Day. Beginning with the 2022 State Election, ballots will be able to arrive up to 3 days after Election Day for biennial state elections only.
You can return your ballot in person at Worcester Election Commission, 455 Main Street, Room 208 or any secured ballot drop box, located at each Fire Station in Worcester. Visit www.worcesterma.gov to find a list of Worcester's ballot return locations.
Voters who have a disability which prevents them from being able to independently mark a paper ballot are allowed to request a reasonable accommodation. Additional information on accessible voting by mail will be forthcoming.