Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update: Received by OCTOBER 14, 2020
Link to Application: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check and Update Here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for advance mail ballot application: Must be received by October 30, 2020 5pm
A Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person in September to all voters who are registered to vote and have not already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November election.
It is encouraged to apply for a mail ballot as soon as possible. It can take up to a week for the mail to be delivered in one direction and at least 4 business days before your application is processed. Thus, it is best to try to apply at least 2-3 weeks before the election.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm
Track Mail Ballot Here:
Mail Ballot FAQ: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/early-voting-faq.htm
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
Mailed: Postmarked on or before nov 3, and received by november 16 2020
Hand-delivered: no later than november 3, 2020
If you are hand-delivering your ballot, you can drop it off at your local election office or in an official ballot return drop-box. Contact your local election office for the location of their secure drop-box.
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
Massachusetts has the surrender rule. If you bring your unvoted mail-ballot to the polls and confirm that you have not voted in the election yet, you can vote in person.
4. Early voting information
- Early voting is available beginning on October 19, 2020 on business days prior to Election Day until the close of business on the two business days before Election Day.
- City or town election office, as well as any other alternative centrally-located site convenient for the public. Early voting will be conducted during regular business hours, but officials have discretion to expand availability.
- Early voting is available by mail and in person to all registered voters. No excuse is required. For More information regarding primaries and the general election visit: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/evidx.htm
For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.sec.state.ma.us or call Massachusetts Secretary of State, William Francis Galvin 1.800.392.6090
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county
6. Additional Questions?