Can I cast a Vote for Mark Fisher in the September 9th Republican Primary if I am Unenrolled, Disabled or Away on Business?
September 7, 2014 in 2014 Primary
Can Unenrolled Voters Vote in the Republican Primary on Tuesday September 9th?
If you have a spouse , child or relative whose party affiliation is Unenrolled, can they vote for Mark Fisher in a Primary?
Yes, an Unenrolled voter declares a party at the check-in table at their polling location. Massachusetts currently has two (2) recognized parties: Democrat and Republican. You will be given the ballot for the party you request. After voting, you will automatically revert to No Party (unenrolled ) status for future elections.
I will be away on business or I am disabled. Is there a way for me to still cast a ballot for Mark Fisher on Tuesday September 9th?
Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:
- will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
- have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
- cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
You may have an absentee ballot mailed to you or you may vote at your city or town hall by making arrangements with your local election official. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day to be counted. If you are voting from outside the United States, your completed absentee ballot for a final state or city election can be received up until 10 days after the election, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
Requesting an absentee ballot
To have a form mailed to you, you must apply in writing to your city or town clerk or election commission. Submit your application early to allow sufficient time for the ballot to be mailed to you and be returned by the close of polls on election day. Although the deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon the day before the election, we highly recommend submitting the application as soon as practicable. An application form is available at your local election office or you may download one of the applications to the right. You may also make application by letter or note which must include your:
- address as registered,
- ward and precinct (if you know them),
- address where you wish the absentee ballot sent,
- in a primary, the party ballot you want, and
- your signature.
If you wish to vote absentee at your city or town hall contact your local election official. Plan to visit the office two or three weeks before the election. You can make your application and cast your vote in one visit.
Returning your absentee ballot
The ballot will come with instructions and a set of return envelopes. After making your choices on the ballot, you must enclose it in the inner (smaller) brown envelope and read and complete the information on the front of that envelope and sign it. Then insert the smaller envelope in the bigger envelope, place proper postage on it and mail it back to your city or town hall. Alternatively, you or a family member may hand-deliver it to the local election official. Your completed ballot cannot be delivered directly to your polling place on Election Day. To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day. If you are voting from outside the United States, your completed absentee ballot for a final state or city election can be received up until 10 days after the election, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day.