Early Voting FAQs

Published December 12, 2022 | Town Clerk | Updated May 31, 2023 | Archived

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Early Voting FAQs


What is early voting?

Early voting is a process by which a registered voter can vote prior to a scheduled  election. Voters can vote early by mail or in-person during the business hours of the Town Clerk’s Office. Mail in ballots will be mailed out 3-4 weeks before the election.

Who is eligible to vote early?

All residents who are registered voters on or before the deadline to register to vote for any State election. Voters registered in the Town of Sudbury may only early vote in the Town of Sudbury. No reason required.

Is early voting available for all elections?

As of June 2020, early voting by mail is available for state elections, primaries, special elections and local elections.  In person early voting is available for all elections, except for local elections., unless the Town opts in to have in-person early voting.

How do I get a Mail in ballot?

Voters must request a mail in ballot for every election for which early voting applies. Applications are available on the Town Clerk web page or call the Town Clerk’s Office to have one mailed to you.  For all state elections a postcard application will be mailed to every registered voter by the SOC.

Can I pick up an early voting ballot for a family member or friend? 

No. The family or friend must come in person to the Town Hall or mail a request to have the ballot mailed to them.

If I vote early can I also vote at the polls on Election Day?

No. Your ballot will be considered cast and you will not be eligible to vote by mail, in person or at the polls on Election Day.

 Is absentee voting still available?

Yes. If you are qualified to vote by absentee ballot you may still do so. 

To apply for an absentee ballot you must be:

A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to:

  • absence from the Town of Sudbury during normal polling hours; or
  • physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
  • religious beliefs

For any additional information please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-639-3351 or visit our website for updates at sudbury.ma.us.

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