Vote-By-Mail

2024 ELECTION – VOTE BY MAIL INFORMATION


ELECTION TYPE 


DATE OF ELECTION

ELECTION DAY LOCATION

ELECTION DAY HOURS


DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE


VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION DEADLINE


Presidential Primary Election

March 5, 2024

Ashland High School

7 AM – 8 PM

February 24, 2024

February 27th

5:00 PM


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR EARLY VOTING BY MAIL

  • The Secretary of States Office began mailing 2024 "Vote-By-Mail" Application Postcards to all registered voters on January 8th, 2024.  PLEASE NOTE:  Choosing "All Elections" does not qualify you for a ballot for the Annual Town Election to be held on May 21st, 2024.
  • Ballots can only be MAILED - you may not pick up a ballot.
  • Ballots are generally available for mailing 2-3 weeks prior to an election.

DEADLINES TO APPLY FOR AN EARLY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

Applications for ballots to be mailed to a voter must be received by the Town Clerk by 5PM on the 5th business day before an election. The deadline to apply for a ballot for the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election is 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.  We recommend applying earlier than the deadline as the US Postal delivery services are not consistent and can range from 3 to 11 days.  

SUBMITTING YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL APPLICATION:

  • Email the signed application to: townclerkoffice@ashlandmass.com
  • Mail the signed application to:  Ashland Town Clerk's Office
                                                                101 Main Street
                                                                Ashland, MA 01721
  • Drop off the signed application in the Ballot Drop Box outside of town hall (address above)

Click here to download the Vote-By-Mail application.

RETURN OF VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS: 
Mailed ballots, for state elections, include a postage pre-paid return ballot envelope that is addressed to the Town Clerk's Office.  You may return your ballot by mail (please see deadlines below) or hand deliver your ballot by placing it in the drop box outside of the Town Hall (deadline is close of polls on Election Day). 

Ballots can NOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day - they must be returned to the ballot drop box located at the Town Hall.  Your returned ballot on Election Day will be processed and brought to the polls to be cast by the Town Clerk’s staff.   

Voters who receive a vote by mail ballot but have not returned it prior to Election Day may appear to vote in person and cast a ballot on Election Day.  Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot (or voted early in person) is not permitted to appear to vote in person on Election Day.

DEADLINES FOR BALLOTS TO BE RETURNED AND COUNTED:

Presidential Primary Election (March 5, 2024):

  • Ballots returned in the secure ballot drop box must be received by 8PM on March 5th
  • Ballots returned by mail must be RECEIVED by the Town Clerk by 8PM on March 5th  -  A POSTMARK IS NOT SUFFICIENT

Please note that US Postal delivery services are not consistent and can range from 3 to 11 days.  We recommend voters return their ballots in the drop box outside of the town offices by the close of polls on Election Day to ensure it is counted.

Track your Mailed Ballot 
Click here to track your mailed ballot request to see if the Town Clerk's Office has received and processed your application. You are able to see when a ballot was sent to you and when the returned ballot has been recorded as received in the Office of the Town Clerk.