Clerk urges early application for absentee ballots

Registered voters who expect to be out of town or are unable to get to the polls due to illness or physical disability on March 26 have until the day before to apply for an absentee ballot. Town Clerk Mary Ellen Lannon said voters should apply early to allow enough time for the ballot to reach them and for them to return the ballot in time for it to be counted. Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters. All requests for ballots must be in writing and signed by the voter or an immediate family member. Parents of students who attend colleges outside of Massachusetts may apply for absentee ballots for the children; special family member application forms are available at the town clerk’s office and on the town’s website at Requests for absentee ballots should be addressed to the town clerk and mailed or dropped off at Town Hall, 71 Mount Vernon St. Residents who are permanently disabled may have their names placed on a list to automatically receive applications for absentee ballots each election. A letter to the town clerk from the voter’s physician is required stating that the voter is unable to go to the polls due to a permanent disability. For more information, call the clerk’s office at 781-721-7130.