Specially Qualified Voters

In addition to registered voters, certain specially qualified voters may vote by absentee ballot. A specially qualified voter is a person who is a Massachusetts citizen, living outside of the United States, who is at least eighteen years old and whose last residence in the United States was Massachusetts. 

You also may be a specially qualified voter if you are otherwise eligible to be a registered voter, and your present domicile (a place where you live and plan to remain) is Massachusetts and you are:

  • Out of town because you are in the active service of the armed forces or merchant marine of the United States, or a spouse or dependent of such person
  • Absent from the Commonwealth
  • Confined in a correctional facility or jail