Sudbury voters who wish to vote by mail in the town election Monday, March 29, must submit an application as soon as possible requesting a mail ballot to the Town Clerk. That application is available on the town website, www.sudbury.ma.us.
Printed, completed and signed applications may be:
Scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailed to: Sudbury Town Clerk, 322 Concord Rd., Sudbury MA. 01776
Or, left in the Town Clerk black lock box inside the vestibule at the rear of Town Hall.
Applications for a mail ballot must be received no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.
Why Do You Need To Apply Now?
Applications for mail ballots are not being sent to every Sudbury voter for the town (local) election, unlike this past fall’s primary and general (state) elections, when the Secretary of State sent the applications to all voters. Voters must download a 2021 Vote-By-Mail Application from the town website or ask the Town Clerk to send an application, the League of Women Voters of Sudbury pointed out. The application must be filled out and signed, then returned to the Town Clerk.
Last fall, voters may have requested that ballots be mailed to them for all elections without an additional application, but that request expired at the end of 2020 and is no longer valid. Voters must send a new application to receive a ballot.
According to the Secretary’s website: Applications for absentee and vote by mail ballots “are available for download, but any written request is acceptable if it has your signature on it. For absentee ballot applications, a member of your family may also make the request on your behalf.”
The state online portal that was available in the fall to request an application is not available for local elections. The Track My Ballot function is also not available.
Once the Town Clerk receives the signed application, she will mail a ballot to the voter. The ballot may be returned by mail or deposited in the outdoor ballot dropbox located at the rear of Town Hall, 322 Concord Road. The dropbox is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ballots must be received by the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day, Monday, March 29, to be counted.
More election info can be found here in our Election FAQs.