Town Clerk

Absentee Ballot Information

Applying for an absentee ballot

All applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing.  You must apply for an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk no later than

noon on the day before the election.  Applications may be mailed or hand delivered and you may use any form of written communication (letter or postcard) or the official application form.  Include on the application:

·         your name and address as registered,

·         precinct, if you know,

·         the precise address where the ballot should be mailed

·         your own signature

A ballot will be sent to any address you specify – including your own home.  Be sure to apply early.


A family member may apply in the same manner for you. 


Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee Ballot Application for a Family Member


Requesting to vote in person

If you do not want to have a ballot mailed to you, you may request to vote in person before the election.  You may vote at the Town Clerk’s office any time before Election Day during regular business hours.  Absentee ballots should be available three weeks before an election.  Call the Clerk’s office, 508.476.4000 ext. 255, to make certain that the absentee ballots are available.

Voting by absentee ballot

If you are requesting an absentee ballot be mailed, the ballot will come with instructions and a set of envelopes.  After making your choices on the ballot, you must enclose it in the inner (smaller) brown envelope, place proper postage on it and mail it back to the Town Clerk’s office at

29 Depot Street, Douglas, MA 01516.  For you ballot to be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day.


If you are not able to write, you may have a person assist you.  The person assisting you must sign your name as well as their name, address and telephone number.