Massachusetts

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, Massachusetts will automatically mail an application to every registered voter. Make sure to look for it, complete it, and send it back as soon as it arrives. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://www.sec.state.ma.us/voterregistrationsearch/myvoterregstatus.aspx




Application form link:


The state will automatically mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter. But you don't have to wait. You may apply now. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf




Where should I send my completed application?


Send the completed application to the local election official at your city or town hall.
Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered. Applications may also be submitted electronically by fax or e-mail, as long as your signature is visible. Find the contact information for your local election office here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by October 28, 2020 at 12 pm. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 24, 2020 at 8 pm.




***Shenanigan Alerts***


Things to look out for: The list of local election offices is very long. Some jurisdictions are listed by city. Others are listed by county. You may call one only to find that they route you to a second one. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by November 3 at 8 pm and received by November 6, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


Drop boxes are being added at local election offices and perhaps additional locations. Call them for locations and availability. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm You may not drop your absentee ballot at your polling site on Election Day.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


October 17-30, 2020




Link to information and locations:


www.MassEarlyVote.com (link will be active one week before early voting begins)




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm





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