Not going to be able to make it to the polls this year? Not to worry! You can request to vote absentee if you meet certain criteria.
You can vote absentee if…
- You have COVID-19 concerns
- You will be temporarily absent
- You have a physical disability
- Observing a religious commitment
- Responsible for childcare or caring for an infer adult
Ready to get started voting absentee? Here’s how you can start:
Step 1: Check your voter registration status
If you’re already registered to vote, then you’re good to go! Simply begin your absentee ballot request form.
If you’re not registered to vote, you will want to do so. You can register to vote by mail, in person, or on election day. If you opt to register on election day, you cannot vote absentee.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote, or if you’re registered properly in your town? Checking your registration status is easy. Just click the button below to start:
Step 2: Choose how to return your form
Your options for returning your form are:
- Digitally (email, if the town allows)
- Mail (requires a stamp)
- In person (requires you to visit the town clerk in person)
Some towns will only allow you to mail your form. You may want to reach out to your town clerk to see if they accept electronic submissions if you don’t have a printer available to you.
If you plan to mail your request form, make sure you can find a printer and have a stamp handy!
Step 3: Print or Download and Sign Absentee Request Form
If you are requesting an absentee ballot due to COVID-19, you should check the box that says, “I am unable to vote in person due to concern for the novel corona virus (COVID-19)” on your request form.
You may need to print an absentee request form if your town will not accept it digitally. We have that form ready for you right here!
If you still want to fill out a physical form, but don’t have access to a printer, you can request that your town clerk mail you a physical form.
Step 4: Find your Town Clerk
Each town has a different town clerk you will need to mail your absentee request form to. Locate your town clerk by using our search form here:
Step 5: Turn in your absentee request form
After you’ve signed your absentee request form, if you plan to mail it in, go ahead and fold it up, put it in an envelope with a stamp attached, and drop it in the mail. If you plan to email it, check with your town clerk first to ensure they accept these forms electronically. If you are returning it in person, head to the town clerk’s office to drop it off. We suggest returning your signed form as soon as possible.
Step 6: Check your mail for your ballot
Your ballot will arrive about 30 days before the election.
Step 7: Cast your vote!
Step 8: Sign and Seal
Fill out the ballot, place it in the inner affidavit envelope, sign the affidavit, and then place that in the outer mailing envelope.
Note: if you are voting by absentee ballot due to COVID-19, you check the “disability” box on the affidavit envelope. Unlike the absentee ballot request form, there is no specific box for COVID-19.
Step 10: Check the status of your ballot
It can take time for the website to be updated after your absentee ballot has been received, but you can check the status of your absentee ballot online!