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.