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Voter Registration & Absentee Ballots

Voter Registration

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Residents of Massachusetts may register to vote in the town clerk’s office during regular business hours and at Special Registration Sessions. Registration is also available at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and certain other state agencies. To register to vote an individual must be 18 years of age by the date of the next election and a United States Citizen. Registration closes twenty days prior to each election. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked no later than the deadline date.

Massachusetts how-to-register info and mail-in forms are available here.

The polls in Dalton are open for all state and federal elections from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The polls in Dalton are open for all local elections from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

In a primary election, voters who are registered in a political party are restricted to the ballot for the party in which they are registered. “Unenrolled voters” (commonly referred to as independent party voters) may request the ballot of any party participating in the primary election. The status of “unenrolled voters” will not change by taking a party ballot.

If you are disabled and need assistance, you may have someone accompany you who can provide the needed assistance. Assistance may also be requested from election workers.

Absentee Ballots

Statute provides that absentee ballots must be available three weeks prior to an election.  All applications for absentee ballots must be received in writing no later than noon of the day prior to the election.  Official applications are available at the Town Clerk’s Office or by downloading from the state’s How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot page.  A written note signed by the voter will also serve as application for absentee voting.  Applications can also be filed by certain relatives who reside in the same household as the voter who desires to vote absentee.  Please see individual applications for further instructions