2012 Information For Voters

Military and Overseas Voters / Special Status

In Massachusetts, members of the Uniformed Services serving on active duty, their families and U.S. Citizens residing overseas are eligible to vote in all elections. These voters do not need to register to vote to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested using the Federal Post Card Application or any form of written communication, or a family member can request that an absentee ballot be sent to the voter.

Applications for absentee ballots for military and overseas voters must be received by the local election official by noon on the day before the election, which for the 2012 State Election is noon on Monday, November 5, 2012.

These voters can request that their absentee ballot be sent to them either by mail or electronically. After completing the absentee ballot, military and overseas voters may return their absentee ballot electronically or by mailing it back to their local election official. Absentee ballots sent by mail from inside the U.S. or sent electronically must be received by the local election official by the close of polls on election day, which is 8:00 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Absentee ballots sent by mail that are postmarked from outside the U.S., must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and received by the local election official no later than 10 days after the election to be counted, which for the 2012 State Election is November 16, 2012.

Massachusetts also allows military and overseas voters to vote absentee in all elections by using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB can be used to vote anytime before an election even if the voter did not apply for an absentee ballot. After voting the FWAB, the voter may submit it by mail or electronically. For more information on absentee voting for members of the military and overseas voters, please see www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemil/milidx.htm.