Wednesday, April 15 at noon is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for Thursday’s Hamilton Town Election. Here are some questions you may have if you plan to vote absentee or will not be in town on Thursday.
How do I get an absentee ballot?
To get an absentee ballot, you need to fill out an application, either at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall or beforehand by downloading it online. It is too late to request that a form be mailed to you. Town Hall is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Who is eligible for an absentee ballot?
- Anyone who will be absent from Hamilton on election day
- Anyone with a physical disability that prevents them from voting at the Winthrop Elementary School
- Anyone who cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
After I get the ballot, how long do I have to vote?
Once you have received the ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 to return the completed ballot to election officials. It can be returned by a family member. You can also apply for a ballot and vote in one visit to Town Hall. You cannot return a completed ballot to the polling place at Winthrop Elementary School. I’m not registered to vote.
Can I still register to vote and get an absentee ballot?
No, the deadline to register to vote in the town election has passed. To get an absentee ballot, you must already be registered to vote.
What if I can’t make it to Town Hall before noon on Wednesday, April 15?
A family member of a person qualified to vote by absentee ballot may apply for an absentee ballot in the same way the voter would do it themselves, according to Secretary of State William Galvin.
What are we voting on?
Voters will decide on several town government positions, including Board of Selectmen and Moderator plus one debt exclusion override question. Check back to this blog to see a complete copy of the sample ballot.
I will not be absentee voting on Thursday and plan to go to the polls. When and where do I vote?
Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Winthrop Elementary School, 325 Bay Road, on Thursday, April 16. The polling place is accessible to the handicapped.
I have a question that is not answered here. Where can I get more information?
For more detailed information about absentee voting, please see the Secretary of State’s website or call the Hamilton Town Clerk’s office at 978-468-5570.