Vote

For the Town Election on 6/27/2020 please see Protocols for In-person Voting for voter and poll worker responsibilities

Encouragement to Vote

Bridgewater residents are ENCOURAGED to vote!! It is a privilege and right, fought for, guarded and treasured for over 200 years. Many in our past and those now in other countries have and do literally die for the privilege.

Please use your pen to influence and guide our Town. What better way to feel our unity and community than by being part of a treasured, American privilege?


Encouragement to Vote by Mail

On Tuesday April 21, the Bridgewater Town Council, in a one-time, emergency effort to protect the health and safety of Bridgewater voters and poll workers, voted to change the regularly scheduled Town Election from Saturday April 25 to:

Saturday June 27, 2020 and set the polling hours to open at

10 AM and close at 4 PM.

In solidarity with the Council’s action, the Bridgewater Town Clerk’s Office will do everything in its power to protect the health of Bridgewater voters and poll workers. One means of protection is limiting crowded polls, e.g., self-distancing: voting-by-mail.

There are two options available to vote by mail:


Absentee Ballots

The Governor and Legislature have provided legal exceptions to the rules for Absentee Voting (AV) in 2020 local Town/City Elections. The legislation:

Expands the reasoning for voting absentee because a physical disability prevents the voter from going to the polling place  to include any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority. 

(only until June 30, 2020)

Absentee ballot applications are found at any of these links (by language)

Absentee Ballot Application  (PDF)

Peticion de Voto en Ausencia (PDF)

ពាក្យសុំ សន្លឹកឆ្នោត សម្រាប់ អ្នក បោះឆ្នោត អវត្តមាន (PDF)

缺席選票申請 (PDF)

 An AV application may be completed and submitted any time. Submit on-line (e-mailed to townclerk@bridgewaterma.org), in person at the Town Clerk’s Office (66 Central Square) if the office is open to the public or by placing the application in the drop box by the handicap ramp at the side door of the Academy Building on the Bedford Street side

Upon receipt of the application, voter registration will be confirmed and, if the applicant is a voter registered in Bridgewater, a ballot will be mailed. If you are not sure of your voter registration status, check here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

Once received, the voter should vote the ballot, place it in the envelope provided, sign the envelope and return it to the Town Clerk’s Office. The cost of postage to return a ballot is 2 stamps ($1.10).* Ballots may also be returned in person if the office is open to the public or safely placed in the drop box located near the handicap access in the Academy Building’s Bedford Street parking lot.

The deadline to apply for an AV is 12:00 Noon on Friday June 26, 2020. If the office is not open to the public, call ahead for a parking lot appointment (508-697-0921). Leave sufficient time for an employee meet you and receive your completed application, provide a ballot, and receive the voted ballot. AV’s submitted on Friday June 26, must be completed, placed in a sealed/signed envelope and returned to the employee “on the spot” for processing with other AV ballots to be counted at the election on June 27.


Early Vote by Mail

In addition to relaxing absentee-applicant qualifications, the Governor and Legislature:

….provided for early voting by mail in any annual or special municipal or state election held on or before June 30, 2020.

To apply for an Early Vote (EV) ballot a voter must submit a written request which may be an application (http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Municipal-Early-Ballot-Application.pdf) or any form of signed communication (scanned and e-mailed or personal note, etc.: e-mail address: Townclerk@bridgewaterma.org) requesting an EV ballot.

Applicant voters will receive a ballot and return envelope by mail. The ballot may be marked either EV or “Absentee” and will arrive with an EV-7 inner envelope for return.

All EV ballots must be received before the polls close at 4:00 PM on Saturday June 27 to be counted.

The deadline to apply for an EV ballot is Noon on Friday June 26, 2020. If the office is open to the publicthe ballot may be voted in person at the Town Clerk’s Office. Warning: mailed ballots must arrive in time to be delivered to the polls by 4:00 PM, Saturday June 27.


Timing of Ballots Voted by Mail

When voting by mail, be sure to submit the application in a timely manner.

Please allow sufficient time  

For the application to be received and processed by the Town Clerk’s Office,

A ballot to be mailed to you by the Town Clerk’s Office and

For you to return the ballot by Election Day.


All ballots being mailed from inside the United States must be received by your local election official no later than the Saturday June 27 at 4:00 PM.


Absentee Ballot Counting

Except for ballots rejected as defective, all absentee ballots are cast and counted by poll workers on Election Day. AV ballots are included in the final tallies and are counted whether or not an election contains a close race.


Check List

  •      Complete Application
  •      Receive Ballot in Mail
  •      Complete Ballot; Place in SIGNED Return Envelope,
  •      Return Ballot 
    • By mail: received by Noon, Friday June 26
    • In drop box before Noon, Friday June 26
    • In person AV
      • Town Clerk’s Office (if the office is open)
      • Before Noon, Friday June 26
      • At the polls---returned by someone other than the voter
    • In person EV
      • Town Clerk’s Office (if the office is open)
        • Before Noon, Friday June 26
      • At the polls
        • Saturday June 27, by 4 PM


*If a voter cannot afford postage or lacks the capacity to return the ballot to the Academy Building drop-box, an appeal may be made to the Town Clerk’s office for postage assistance. No vote should go un-returned or un-counted.

If you are in need of such assistance, call 508-697-0921 or e-mail Townclerk@bridgewaterma.org.