Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots are available for all elections – Town, State, Federal and Primaries. They are generally available at the Town Clerk’s Office at least three weeks before an election.


There are specific reasons for requesting an absentee ballot, which include the following:

  • Being absent from the Town during polling hours;
  • A physical disability which would prevent a person from going to the polls; or
  • Religious beliefs


To request an Absentee Ballot the application must be signed under the “penalty of perjury” by the applicant or by a family member requesting one on behalf of the voter. 

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk’s Office by 12:00 noon on the day before an election. However a voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the 5th day before an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of the polls and may request to have the ballot delivered by a person designated by them. A written request by the voter is required. 

The Town Clerk's office receives Absentee Ballots approximately 3-4 weeks before an election.  Once we receive the ballots you may stop in at Town Hall to vote in the Town Clerk's office. If you request an Absentee Ballot mailed to you it will be mailed as soon as we receive the ballots in office. Ballots may NOT be hand carried out of the office.


Absentee ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office directly by U.S. Mail or hand delivered directly to the Clerk's Office by the voter or a family member. Absentee Ballots should NOT be left in the "Drop-Off" box outside of the Town Hall. Complete instructions are enclosed with each ballot for the proper return of the ballot. Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk before the close of the polls on Election Day.


For further information please call our office at 978-456-4100, email: mkenney@harvard.ma.us or visit the Secretary of State’s Election website and connecting links for all election-related information.