Absentee ballots are now available at Braintree Town Hall and on a state website for the Nov. 6 election.
Residents may stop by the Town Clerk's Office to fill out a form, download it from the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, or request one by mail from the Braintree clerk.
"Although the deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon the day before the election, we highly recommend submitting the application as soon as practicable," according to the website of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin.
For those visiting the clerk's office to vote absentee, the secretary recommends going two to three weeks prior to the election. In Massachusetts, voters may cast an absentee ballot if they:
- will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
- have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling
- cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs
Absentee ballots may either be returned by mail to the Town Clerk or hand-delivered. They must be received by the time polls close on Nov. 6 to be counted.
For additional information, go to http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm.
And for more on the election in Braintree, check out our always-evolving Election Guide: http://braintree.patch.com/articles/braintree-election-guide.