Absentee and Early Voting

Early Voting

On June 22, 2022, a MA election reform law titled “The VOTES Act” was signed into law. Among other things, the VOTES Act makes several of the temporary changes from the 2020 pandemic permanent including Vote by Mail and In-Person Early Voting.

Early Voting for 2022 Elections

Vote By Mail

Apply for your Ballot - The Secretary of the Commonwealth has sent out 2022 Vote by Mail early voting post card applications for the September 6 Primary and November 8 State Election.  If you choose to Vote by Mail, please be sure to fill in all the requested information and SIGN the card.  Otherwise, a ballot cannot be sent to you.  Please mail the card to the Town Clerk Office or drop it off in the drop box in front of Town Hall.

You may also download and print a 2022 Vote by Mail Applications 

  • The deadline to apply for a mail-in State Primary ballot is August 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM.
  • The deadline to apply for a mail-in State Election ballot is November 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

If you are an unenrolled voter (not enrolled in a specific party), list which ballot you would like for the Primary: either Democratic or Republican. Without this choice indicated, we cannot send a Primary ballot. Your party enrollment will not be changed based on this choice of ballot.

Please call the Town Clerk’s Office with any questions: (781) 741-1410 or email us at TownClerk@hingham-ma.gov.

In Person Early Voting

Early voting will be held at Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street in the Central Meeting Room, located on the 2nd floor, as follows:

  • Saturday, August 27, 2022    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday, August 29, 2022      8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022      8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022      8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022      8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday, September 2, 2022      8:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Absentee Voting

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or
  • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or
  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

Absentee voters use the same ballots as early voters and have the same deadlines for returning their ballots. Most voters who qualify for an absentee ballot can choose instead to apply for an early Vote by Mail ballot. There are some times that an absentee ballot application is needed. You should fill out an absentee ballot application if: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen residing overseas; or
  • You are on active military duty; or
  • You are currently incarcerated for a reason other than a felony conviction; or
  • You are requesting an emergency absentee ballot due to hospitalization.

Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)