Absentee Voting

You may apply for an absentee ballot if you will be unable to vote at the polls on election day because of:

  • absence from your city or town during the hours the polls are open
  • physical disability
  • religious beliefs
Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)
A request for an absentee ballot must include:
  • the name as registered to vote 
  • the address at which the applicant is registered to vote
  • the address to which the ballot is to be sent
  • the date the request is being made
  • the applicant's signature (e-mailed and faxed requests are permissible provided they contain the information aforementioned and the voter's handwritten signature)
Absentee Ballots can be applied for and voted at the office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours until 12:00 Noon the day before the election. The Town Clerk's office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Application for absentee ballots can be e-mailed or faxed provided the request includes the above information and the voter's signature.  E-mail requests may be sent to vote@amherstma.gov; and faxed requests sent to (413) 259-2499.

In order for an absentee ballot to be counted it must be received in the Town Clerk's office by a certain time and/or date depending on the election.

All ballots for regular or special State Primaries and regular or special Town Elections must be mailed or delivered in time to reach the Town Clerk's office before the polls close on election day.

Ballots for State Elections which are voted and mailed from overseas may be counted if they are received up until the tenth day following the election, provided they were postmarked on or before the date of the election.

Electronic Ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election day.  Electronic Ballots are only available for military and overseas voters and only for regular or special state primaries and elections.  At this time electronic ballots cannot be used for local Town Elections.