Absentee Ballots

Absentee Ballot Eligibility
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

  • For elections held through December 15, 2021, state law clarifies that any person taking precautions relating to COVID-19 qualifies for an absentee ballot by reason of physical disability. 

Applying for a Ballot
Absentee ballots must be requested in writing. Fill out the Absentee Ballot Application or submit a written request which has your signature on it. Typed signatures are not acceptable. You may apply for an Absentee Ballot for yourself or a family member.

  • By Email at: [email protected] (scan it or take a photo of it)

  • By Mail to Harvard Town Clerk, 13 Ayer Rd, Harvard 01451 or

  • By Dropping off in the Town Hall Dropbox to the left of the Front Doors of Town Hall

Absentee Ballot Application can be found here

Emergency Absentee Ballots
If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility or you are instructed to quarantine in your home 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 Town Hall, pick up your absentee ballot, bring it to you, and return it for you by the close of polls on Election Day.

Ballots will be mailed approximately 3 weeks before an election.

Returning your Ballot
Ballots may be returned by mail or in person to Town Hall.

Ballots must be returned by 8:00 PM on Election Day in order to be counted.

Visit the Secretary of State’s Election website and connecting links for all election-related information.