I Want to Vote Early In Person

Cities and towns in Massachusetts will have days – before the November 3rd election day – when you can go to a voting place (or polling place ) and vote early in person.  The early voting place may not be the same location as the place where you would vote on November 3rd.  For example, early voting in Framingham will only be at City Hall (the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street)

The early voting days for all cities and towns in Massachusetts has started. They are from now through Friday, October 30th   (including Sundays for most towns)

Note that there will not be early voting after October 30th.  After that, you need to vote on Tuesday November 3rd at your normal voting (polling) location.

Voting places will have many protections against coronavirus, including:

  • Requiring a mask
  • Social distancing
  • Asking you to stay away if you have a fever or feel sick or have tested positive for Covid
  • and more,  As an example, here is the information to know about early voting in Framingham.  There will be similar information on the website for your city/town

Am I Already Registered to Vote?

If you think you registered to vote in Massachusetts, but are not sure, you can check your registration status here.  Enter your information on the page, which should look like this:

  • First Name; Last Name
  • Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year)
  • Your Zip Code
  • Check the box that says “I understand…”
  • Then press Search

You should then see a page with your Voting Status, which should say: ACTIVE
This page will also show you the location of where you can vote on election day.

If your voting status is not active, contact the city or town clerk office where you live.

Register to Vote

If you are a U.S. citizen and you will be at least 18 years old on November 3rd, you can vote in the election, but you must be registered to vote.If you have an ID from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online.  This is the easiest and fastest way. Do it as soon as possible.  The deadline is Saturday, October 24th, but don’t wait.

Otherwise, you can register by mail.

Or – you can go to your town’s election office and register in person – as soon as possible before October 24th.

For more information on voting in MetroWest, see our Vote! Page.

Can I Vote?

You can vote in the November election if you…

  • are a U.S. citizen*, and
  • will be 18 years old by November 3rd, and
  • are registered to vote

If you are not registered to vote, Massachusetts residents can register to vote in the November 3rd election until Saturday, October 24th. – But do it now.

For more information about voting, including for other states you can visit:

*Residents or Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are U.S. citizens, but they can not vote for president or congress members. Other particular restrictions may apply.

Vacation Week Ideas

If you have kids out of school this week, or just have extra time for yourself, here are some places to go – to see more of Boston and MetroWest, have some family fun, and practice your English:

Winter/Spring ESL Classes at FAESL – New Student Lottery Information

UPDATE: Registration is closed for this semester.  If your lottery number was not picked, there are other places to take classes listed on our Classes Page.  And there are many suggestions on this blog on how to improve your English by yourself.

Framingham Adult ESL has a limited number of spaces available for morning and evening classes for the Spring 2020 semester.

  • If you are interested in taking a MORNING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    St. Tarcisius School (BRACE building)
    560 Waverly Street, Framingham
    Thursday, January 16th, 8:45 – 10:00 AM
  • If you are interested in taking an EVENING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    Fuller Middle School Cafeteria
    31 Flagg Drive, Framingham
    Thursday, January 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

NUEVO INGRESO Registro de Estudiantes (ESL lotería)
Horarios

  • Clases Mañanas ESL: Jueves, 16 de Enero 2020, 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.,
    BRACE en St. Tarcisius Church, 560 Waverly Street
  • Clases Noche ESL: Jueves, 16 de Enero 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,
    Adult ESL en Fuller Middle School, 31 Flagg Drive

INSCRIÇAO PARA A LOTERIA:

  • ESL CLASSES DIURNAS: Quinta-feira, 16 de Janeiro, das 8:45am às
    10:00am.,
    BRACE, at St. Tarcisius Church, 560 Waverly Street
  • ESL Classes Noturnas: Quinta-feira, 16 de Janeiro, das 6:30pm às
    8:00pm.,
    ESL para Adultos, na Fuller Middle School,31 Flagg Drive
  1. Come on January 16th to submit an entry card (with your name, address, phone, etc).  Everyone who submits a card will have their name included in the lottery.
  2. If you are one of the winners of the lottery, you will be asked to come back on a different day for testing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • If I want to participate in the English class lottery, do I have to come to the school?
    YES – You must come to the school on Thursday January 16th to submit an entry card.
  • Will there be 2 separate lotteries?
    YES
    – If you come in the morning of Jan 16th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes.  If you come in the evening of Jan 16th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
  • On January 16th do I need to arrive at the school before 6:30PM (or before 8:45 AM for morning classes)?
    NO – You can come any time between 6:30 and 8:00PM (or between 8:45 and 10:00AM for morning classes).  ALL the names collected during that time will have an equal chance in the lottery.
  • If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
    Someone from school will contact you, and you will be asked to come to the school for testing.  After testing, you will be assigned to one of these:

    • a regular English class (6 hours each week)
    • or – a volunteer-led, once-a-week prep class (2 hours)
      If you stay in prep class with good attendance, you will automatically be on a priority list for a regular class and will not need to participate in any more lotteries.
    • or – a waiting list
      (You get a space in class as soon as possible and do not need to participate in more lotteries)
  • When are the classes?
    • Regular morning classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45
    • Regular evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30
    • Prep classes are on one of those mornings, or evenings, each week
    • Regular classes start on Tuesday February 4th and Prep classes start a few weeks later
  • I can’t come on January 16th.  Can I come on the 15th (or some other day)? Or can someone else come to submit an entry card for me?
    NO – Unfortunately, the only day you can come to submit your name for the lottery is on January 16th, and you must come in-person.

NOTE: This is information only.  It does not guarantee you a place in class. 

Can You Find the Wooden Soldiers?

soldiers1 This year there are 30 wooden soldiers displayed all around Framingham in 25 different places!  Have you seen any?  If you have, take a picture of the soldier (selfie?), and post it on our FaceBook page.  (Or, you can Email us.)  With the picture, write where you saw the soldier.  Good luck!

On the Framingham Parks & Recreation Facebook page they have clues for where to find the soldiers.

soldiers2These tall wooden soldiers became well known when they guarded the old Shopper’s World shopping center during the Christmas shopping season. Some generous carpenters helped to build new copies of the soldiers, and it has become a Framingham tradition for the wooden soldiers to decorate the town during the holidays.

soldiers3Thanks Andreia, Sidi, Tena, Marta, and Jingie!

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