Absentee Voting

PLEASE NOTE:  YOU CANNOT HAND CARRY AN ABSENTEE BALLOT OUT OF THE OFFICE.  

VOTER MUST EITHER VOTE IN THE OFFICE OR BALLOT CAN BE MAILED TO THE VOTER.

Eligibility   

In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, a voter must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to:       

  • Absence from the voter's city on Election Day; or      
  • Physical disability; or 
  • Religious belief.  

Early voting is available for biennial state elections. The next election for which early voting will be available is the November 6, 2018 State Election. 

Applying for Absentee Ballots  

Absentee ballots must be requested in writing by either the voter or the voter's family member. For convenience, absentee ballot applications may be downloaded; however, any written communication evidencing a desire for an absentee ballot is acceptable. If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you may submit an application or a signed letter to:  City Clerk, 59 Court St, Westfield, MA 01085. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a family member, be sure to submit the request to the voter's local election official.  

When completing the application, you may indicate whether you are requesting a ballot for a specific election, or if you will be needing a ballot for all elections this year. Please note that absentee ballot applications expire at the end of each calendar year. If you are a voter with a permanent physical disability, you may file a note from your doctor to that effect with the City Clerk's Office. Voters with permanent physical disabilities are sent completed applications at the beginning of each year, to be signed and returned to:  City Clerk, 59 Court St, Westfield, MA 01085.

Absentee ballot applications must be received by 12 p.m. on the day before the election, unless the day before the election is a holiday or a Sunday, in which case the application must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the last business day before the election.  

You have until 12 p.m. Monday, November 5th, 2018 for the November General Election.

Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail; 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.

If a voter is admitted to a hospital or other health care facility after twelve o'clock noon of the 5th day before the primary or election, the voter may request that an absentee ballot be delivered to him/her by an election official or designated individual.  The request must be done so in writing by a family member or the voter himself/herself.     

Please contact the City Clerk's office by email m.colon@cityofwestfield.org or by phone at 413-572-6266. 

Voting     

If you are voting by mail, you should be sure to submit your application in a timely manner. Please allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return the ballot by Election Day. All ballots being mailed from inside the United States must be received by the City Clerk's office no later than the close of polls on Election Day.  For more information on your ballot delivery and reception, you may use the track your ballot site.

If you would like to vote in person, you may do so in the City Clerk's Office, 59 Court Street, Room 210, Westfield, MA 01085.  The City Hall is handicap accessible by ramp entrance and elevator.          

When Absentee Ballots are Counted

Except for ballots which are rejected as defective or incomplete, all absentee ballots are cast and counted by the poll workers on Election Day. Absentee ballots are included in the final tallies, and are counted whether or not an election contains a close race.