Voters who are unable to vote on Election Day because of physical disability, religious beliefs, or absence from the town, may vote by absentee ballot. State law limits the availability of absentee ballots to the 3 listed circumstances only. Absentee ballots are not available for mere inconvenience, or because of ordinary commuting-related difficulties. If you will be absent from Winchester for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the year the application is accepted.
Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The voter, or a "family member" (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, a spouse or person residing in the same household, in-laws, adopting parent or adopted child, stepparent or stepchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew), may submit an application. The voter or family member must sign all applications under the pains and penalties of perjury.
In primary elections, a voter who is not registered in a political party must specify the ballot of the party of choice in the application. In state primaries you will not become registered in a party because of your participation. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before noon the day before an election. (A voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the 5th day before an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of the polls and may request to have the ballot delivered.) Absentee ballots generally are available 3 weeks before an election.