absentee And Early voting

Early Voting:

For the first time, Massachusetts voters will be able to cast their ballots before Election Day, at their own convenience. The early voting period takes place from October 24 through November 4. Early voting is similar to absentee voting, but you don’t need a reason or excuse to vote early. Registered voters can vote at a location and time that is most convenient for them. Even if you request your ballot by mail, you can still drop your ballot off at one of the early voting locations in the city. Voters may only cast one ballot for the upcoming election – if you chose to participate in early voting, you may not cast another ballot on Election Day.


The early voting period will begin October 24th, and end on November 4th. In New Bedford, registered voters will have several opportunities to cast their ballot before the November 8th election. Click here for the early voting dates, times and locations.


Early voting will be available at City Hall and on the evenings of Thursday, October 27th at the Wilks Branch Library and November 3rd at the Howland Green Library.


You may vote early in person at any voting location, or you may choose to vote early by mail. If you would like to vote by mail, download the early voting application (en Espanol), complete the application, and mail it to the New Bedford Election Office 133 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 Room 114. Ballots will be mailed out at the beginning of the early voting period, on October 24th. If you qualify to vote absentee, you may submit an absentee ballot application instead. Absentee ballots will be available by early October.


If you have any questions about early voting, plase contact the Elections Office at (508) 979-1420 or by e-mail at elections@newbedford-ma.gov.

Absentee Ballots:


Absentee Ballot Application
Absentee Ballot Application by a Family Member


Registered voters may vote by absentee ballot in person at the Election Commission Office in City Hall or by mail. Vote by absentee ballot during normal office hours (8AM-4PM, Monday through Friday) and on the Saturday before Election Day (8AM-12 Noon). You may request an absentee ballot in behalf of a family member.

To request an absentee ballot by mail, please send a written request to the Board of Elections Commissioners to: Board of Election Commissioners, New Bedford City Hall, 133 William Street, Room 114 New Bedford, MA 02740. Please include your New Bedford address, the address where the ballot should be mailed to and the election(s) for which you will require an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot requests may be made up until noon of the day before the election. However, as a practical matter, please allow additional time for delivery and return of ballots that are being mailed outside of the city.

Permanently disabled individuals who wish to receive an absentee ballot for every election must present a doctor’s note indicating the disability. This is kept on a permanent file in the Election Office.