Vote By Mail 2020

Thank you to State Senator Becca Rausch for her Vote by Mail page. We have “borrowed” much of our content from her. She has produced a helpful video.

Everyone may vote by mail in the September 1, 2020 primary and the November 3, 2020 general election.

You may track your ballot at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx . If your application is marked as “Pending,” that means your application has been received and your ballot will be mailed out as soon as it is ready. If the website can’t find a record for you, that may mean that your application hasn’t been received yet and you should call your local election office.

Tip!

Remember that it can take up to a week for the mail to be delivered in one direction, so it’s best to try to apply at least 2-3 weeks before the election. The September 1 Primary is only a month away. Please make sure to send in your application by Friday, July 31, 2020.

Apply for the September and November Vote By Mail Ballots

Applications from the Secretary of State: All registered voters have been mailed an application to request a Vote By Mail ballot for the September and November elections. You must be registered to vote in order to request a mail-in-ballot. If you would like to register to vote or check your registration status, click here.

  • The deadline to register for the September 1 primary election is Saturday, August 22
  • The deadline for the November 3 general election is Saturday, October 24

Download Application: You can request mail in ballots by downloading an application at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdf. Print and send the completed application to the local election official at your city or town hall. Locate your town hall at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/ev-find-my-election-office.htm.

Telephone: Call 1-800-462-VOTE X 8283

Email: Send an email to elections@sec.state.ma.us. Your email must include an e-signature.

FAQ on Applications

  • The application from the Secretary of State has my birth date visible on the return post card. How can i keep that information private?
    • While this information is public on voter roles, you can cross out birth year.
    • You may send the application in your own envelope.
    • You may hand deliver the application to your town clerk, or drop it in the town hall drop box.
    • Do NOT fold over the middle part of the application and tape or staple it together. The post office will reject it.
  • Will applications and ballots be available in multiple languages?
    • Yes. Contact your local elections office to determine what languages the documents will be available in.
  • What happens if I never receive my application in the mail?
    • If you do not receive your application in the mail you can fill out this form and mail or email the application in. You can find your local election office address or email here. You may also request a ballot by phone at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) or by emailing elections@sec.state.ma.us

Vote By Mail

Receive, fill out, and submit your mail-in ballot: A mail-in ballot will be sent to you at the address where you registered to vote, or a different address of your choosing if you designated it on your application. You will receive your ballot, instructions for voting by mail and completing your ballot, and an envelope pre-addressed with postage guaranteed to send to your local clerk. Follow the instructions carefully, don’t forget to sign the ballot, and be sure to submit your ballot on time. You can mail your ballot using the envelope provided or drop it off in person to your town or city clerk.

For the primary, your ballot must be received by 8PM, when the polls close, on Tuesday, September 1 (election day), whether you drop off your ballot or send it in the mail. Mail it early to ensure it arrives on time.

For the general, if you drop off your ballot, the deadline is 8PM on election day, Tuesday, November 3. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than election day and received by your town or city clerk by 5PM on Friday, November 6. 

Accommodations for Disability

If you are unable to fill out a ballot, the secretary of state will have a place on-line where a ballot can be filled out. You would then have to print the ballot and mail it in. We will provide more information as soon as we get it.

FAQ on Voting by Mail 2020

  • What if I have my ballot in hand, but decide I would rather vote in-person?
    • As long as it has not yet been mailed, you may still vote in-person.
  • What if I lose my ballot?
    • You may request another mail-in ballot, or vote in person.

Vote In Person

If you do not want to vote by mail, you can vote early in person or head to the polls on election day. Please note that voting by mail is the safest option for you and your community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All in person voting must be accessible – with ramps and handicapped parking and working AutoMark machines. Report all issues to the state at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) , and / or the Disability Law Center at 617-723-8455 or 800-872-9992.

Voting early in person will be available for the September primary election and November general election. For the primary, polling will begin on Saturday, August 22, 2020, and end on Friday, August 28, 2020. For the general, polling will begin on Saturday, October 17, 2020, and end on Friday, October 30, 2020. Early voting schedules and locations will be posted at www.MassEarlyVote.com by August 14 for the primary and by October 9 for the general. 

Voting on Election Day: Polls will be open from at least 7AM-8PM on election day for both the primary and general elections. Check your town or city website for more information, or visit My Election Info.