Vote By Mail 2020

Update: September 11, 2020 – We got through the Primary election, with many ballots being cast! Our accessible electronic voting was implemented way too late, and only a few people were able to use it. November will be better!

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 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 if not sooner.

Apply for the November Vote By Mail Ballot

Applications from the Secretary of State: If you applied to vote by mail for the Primary, and checked off the general election box, then you should be all set. If you did not do either of these things, you will be sent another application to vote by mail. 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 apply for the November 3 vote-by-mail ballot 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.

Your ballot must be received by 8 PM, when the polls close, on Tuesday, November 3 (election day), whether you drop off your ballot or send it in the mail. Mail it early to ensure it arrives on time. 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. 

Other Options for Submitting your Vote by Mail Ballot

  • Mail to your local election office
  • Hand deliver to:
    • Your local election office
    • A secured municipal drop box in your city/town
    • Any early voting location in your city/town during early voting hours. Early voting times and locations will be posted at www.massearlyvote.com by October 9.

How to Get Approved to Use the Accessible Vote By Mail (AVBM) Program as an Accommodation

If you are unable to complete a paper ballot, you are entitled to receive access to an accessible electronic vote by mail ballot as an accommodation from the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This electronic ballot can be completed using a computer, phone, or tablet prior to being printed and submitted by mail.

PLEASE NOTE: voters already approved to participate in the AVBM program for both the primary and general elections need not apply again.

To get access to the AVBM program that permits voters with disabilities who cannot effectively access the paper vote by mail system, registered voters with disabilities must submit a request for accommodation to the Accessible Vote by Mail (AVBM) Coordinator  via email at AVBM@sec.state.ma.us or by phone at 617-727-2828. There are two parts to this request.

Visit the Disability Law Center website for all of the details!

General Information on Voting for People with Disabilities

Visit the state webpage Voting for People with Disabilities for information on the state requirements for accessibility at polling locations.

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.
  • Do i need to bring my own pen?
    • It is safer to bring your own pen, however, there will be pens at the polls. You can use a gel or ball point pen, or a pencil, that writes black or blue.
  • I do not remember if i requested a mail-in ballot for November?
    • Visit Track My Ballot, enter your name and address. You will see a status of Pending (until ballots are mailed out) if your request for a Mail in Ballot has been received.
  • I do not trust the mail and do not feel safe voting in-person. Is there another option?
    • Most, if not all, communities have a town Drop Box where you can submit your ballot. Visit Find My Election Office/Drop Box for a list of every town and its Drop Box location.

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 November general election. . 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 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.

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