Absentee/Early Voting in Concord


The Governor signed the VOTES Act into law on June 22, 2022, providing voters with the permanent option for voting by mail.

2024 Vote by Mail Application

Online Vote by Mail Application

Online Vote by Mail Application Portal (for both regular and accessible ballot requests)

Early Voting in person for local elections requires approval of the Registrars and Select Board.


Absentee Ballot Application

Federal Post Card Application for US Citizens residing abroad

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or
  • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or
  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

Absentee voters use the same ballots as early voters and have the same deadlines for returning their ballots. Most voters who qualify for an absentee ballot can choose instead to apply for an early Vote by Mail ballot. There are times that an absentee ballot application is needed. You should fill out an absentee ballot application if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen residing overseas; or
  • You are on active military duty; or
  • You are currently incarcerated for a reason other than a felony conviction; or
  • You are requesting an emergency absentee ballot due to hospitalization.
  • Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, by drop box, or by e-mail (see form for details); however, the local election official must be able to view the signature of the person requesting the ballot. If the application is being submitted by e-mail, a scanned copy of the request must be submitted.

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Emergency Absentee Ballots

If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 1 week of the election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone of your choice to deliver a ballot to you. The person you designate to deliver your ballot will need to bring the signed application to your local election office, pick up your absentee ballot, bring it to you, and return it for you by the close of polls on Election Day. Emergency ballots may be requested up until the close of polls.

Military & Overseas Voters

If you are a U.S citizen residing out of the country or on active military duty, you may use the Federal Post Card Application or the Massachusetts Absentee Ballot Application to request your ballot for local, state, and federal elections. More information is available on the State Elections Division page for Voting for Military & Overseas Citizens.

Absentee and Vote by Mail applications must reach your local election office by 5 p.m. on the fifth business day before Election Day.

More information about Voting by Mail in Massachusetts