If the voter submits the application in person, he may obtain the ballot (call first to see if it is available) and vote over-the-counter. Ballots may be returned by mail or by hand. All ballot affidavit envelopes must be signed by the voter, or if the voter is unable to sign, an assisting person.
In general, absentee ballots must be received before the polls close to be counted. However, absentee ballots for the state general election completed outside the United States will be counted if received by 5:00 p.m. on the tenth day following the election. This exception does not apply to Andover Town elections or state primaries.