What is a Specially Qualified Voter?

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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, at least 18 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 meet one of the following conditions:

  • 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 a person
  • Absent from the Commonwealth
  • Confined in a correctional facility or jail, except if by reason of felony conviction

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