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Here is information – especially for people in MetroWest Boston – on how to get involved in the November election – even if you can’t vote.



Important Dates – Massachusetts

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Saturday, October 24, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Saturday, October 24, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

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.

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.

Full details for registering to vote in Massachusetts

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.

What’s a Ballot?

A ballot is the actual piece of paper (or sometimes on a machine) where you vote.  It shows the names of your choices in the election.

All the ballots for the November election will include choices for US president (Biden or Trump), but depending on where you live, there are also other candidates to choose for state and local offices, plus a few questions to vote on.

For all of Massachusetts, there are two questions on the ballot:

There may be one or more additional questions on your ballot, for your own city or town.  For example, there is a third question for voters who live in Framingham.

You can see a sample of the choices on the ballot where you live by going to  ballotpedia.org  and entering your address.This does not include extra ballot questions for specific cities and towns.

I Want to Vote by Mail  

Have you already applied to Vote by Mail?   (Asking to receive a Mail-in Ballot)

No

It’s getting close to the election.  If you have not already applied to receive a mail-in ballot, it may be best for you to vote in person.  Each city/town will have days when you can vote early – before election day (see Early Voting below)

If you can not vote in person, there is still time to apply online for a mail-in ballot. or to print out an application and bring it to the election office in your city/town

Yes

After you send back the application to request your ballot for the November election…

Go here to Check the status of your ballot

Be careful when you enter your name and address.  If you received the application in the mail, you should use the name/address that was used on that letter.
Note that you need to enter the parts of your address separately.
For example, if your address is: 100 Main Street, Framingham, MA 01702
You need to enter your street address this way:
Your Street Number: 100
Your Street Name: Main
Select Street Suffix (Ex: street, road, drive): Street

 

 

If you enter correctly, it should show you the status of your ballot.  You’re waiting to see a date that the ballot is mailed to you,  You should receive your ballot a few days after this.

Filling Out Your Ballot

You should fill out your ballot as soon as possible after you receive it.

Here are the official instructions for voting by mail in Massachusetts:

  1. Mark your choices on the ballot , following instructions, using a black pen.
  2. Put ballot into the yellow envelope.  Seal the envelope.
  3. Sign your name on the ballot.
  4. Put the signed yellow envelope into the white return envelope, and seal the white envelope.

Sending Your Ballot Back

You should send your ballot back as soon as possible.  You can send your ballot back by mail, or, in most cities and towns there is a special, protected, drop-box especially for ballots.  You can put your ballot in one of these drop-boxes if you don’t want to send it by mail.

After you return your ballot, you can check the status again.  Wait for a few days and then look for this:

  • Date they received the ballot that you sent back (this means they have your ballot – but they need to check it)
  • Status of your ballot.  Accepted means that your ballot will be included in the vote for this election
  • Until it says Accepted, your vote has not been included.


>> Here are Many more questions answered about voting by mail in Massachusetts

What’s a Polling Place?

A polling place    is the place where you go to vote.  Voting places may also be called the polls (ex: Voters went to the polls today.) Polling places for early voting days are often different from polling places on the day of the election (Nov 3rd).

Find your polling place for Early Voting Days (MetroWest)
(For all other places you can go to the official election website for your city/town – usually managed by the city/town clerk)

Find your polling place for Election Day (Massachusetts)  [Any Place in the U.S.]

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 are:   Saturday, October 17th through Friday, October 30th   (including Sundays)

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

Voting on Election Day – Tuesday Nov. 3rd

Where you vote on Election Day depends upon your address.  For anywhere in Massachusetts, you can find your Election Day voting location here: Check where to vote on Election Day

Be careful when you enter your name and address.
Note that you need to enter the parts of your address separately.
For example, if your address is: 50 Main Street, Framingham, MA 01702
You need to enter your street address this way:
Your Street Number: 50
Your Street Name: Main
Select Street Suffix (Ex: street, road, drive): Street

 

 

If you enter correctly, it should show you a screen of voting information specifically for your address, including:

  • The address of where you vote on Election Day
  • A link to what will be on your ballot
  • The address and contact information of the election office for your city/town
  • The list of your elected officials

MetroWest Voter Information 

MASSACHUSETTS VOTER INFORMATON

FRAMINGHAM

ASHLAND

FRANKLIIN

HOLLISTON 

HOPKINTON

MARLBOROUGH   

MILFORD

NATICK

SOUTHBOROUGH

WESTBOROUGH

Massachusetts Voter Information

For all cities and towns in Massachusetts

National Information to Help with Registering and Voting

I can’t vote in the election.  How can I still make a difference?

  • Help others register to vote
  • Offer to drive people to the polls on Election Day
  • Use social media
  • Volunteer to work for a campaign
    • By volunteering with an organization that calls or texts voters
  • Volunteer with When We All Vote
  • Volunteer with Poll Hero  (young people helping recruit people to work at voting places)
  • More info