Vote

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?


Vote In Person


Annual Town Election - Saturday, April 24, 2021 

7 AM -8 PM @ Mitchell at the Middle School, 166 Mt. Prospect Street

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 2021 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, 2021)

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 to the Town Clerk.  Submit on-line (e-mailed to townclerk@bridgewaterma.org), in person at the Town Clerk’s Office (66 Central Square) during business hours 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.  Ballots may also be returned in person during business hours or safely placed in the drop box located near the handicap access in the Academy Building’s Bedford Street parking lot.  AV Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted at the polls.

The deadline to apply for an AV by mail is 5:00 p.m.  on Tuesday,  April 20, 2021. 

The deadline to vote by AV in person is Noon on Friday, April 23, 2021.    


Early Vote by Mail

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

….provided for early voting by mail in municipal elections held on or before June 30, 2021.

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/2021-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 “Early/Absentee” and will arrive with an EV-7 inner envelope for return.

All EV ballots must be received before the polls close at 8:00 PM on Saturday April 24th to be counted.

The deadline to apply for an EV ballot is 5 p.m.  on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 


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.




Early/Absentee Ballot Counting

Except for ballots rejected as defective, all early/absentee ballots are cast and counted by poll workers on Election Day. EV/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 (Must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day)
    • By mail
    • In drop box at Academy Building
    • In person AV
      • Town Clerk’s Office (during business hours)
      • At the polls---returned by someone other than the voter
    • In person AV
      • Town Clerk’s Office (during business hours)
        • Before Noon, Friday, April 23rd 
      • At the polls
        • Saturday April 24th 7 AM - 8 PM


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