Hi,Here's their reply:
With the increased interest in this year's election, could people fill out absentee ballots ahead of time even if they are NOT going to be away from their polling place on election day?
Dear Mr. Garfield:IT"S THE LAW!
In Massachusetts there are three reasons for voting by absentee ballot: absence from the city or town during the voting hours, physical disability prevents a voter from going to the polling place, or religious beliefs in conflict with the act of voting on the day on which such election is to be held. Mass. Const. Amend. Art. LXV; M. G. L. c. 54, § 86.
There are criminal penalties for illegal absentee voting. M. G. L. c. 56, §§ 27, 27A.
Here's the language for Chapter 56: Section 27.
Absent voting laws; violations
Section 27. Whoever, not being entitled to vote under the laws relative to absent voting, votes or attempts to vote thereunder or whoever being entitled to vote under said laws knowingly votes or attempts to vote in violation thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars and by imprisonment for not more than five years.
I'm not a fan of "We've always done it this way." answers.
Time for a change.