Here is information – especially for people in MetroWest Boston – on how to get involved in the November election – even if you can’t vote.
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online to vote is Saturday, October 24, 2020.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) 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.
Who can vote? You can vote if you…
- are a U.S. citizen*, and
- will be 18 years old by November 3rd, and
- are registered to vote
How to Register to Vote
- Massachusetts offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need an ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you don’t have an ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, you can still register by mail to vote.
- You can register online to vote until Saturday, October 24, 2020.
- Full details for registering to vote in Massachusetts
Am I already registered to vote? If you think you registered to vote, but are not sure, you can check your registration status here. Enter your information on the page, which should look like this, and you should see Voting Status: ACTIVE.
If your voting status is not active, contact the city or town clerk office where you live.
If you want to Vote By Mail
Did you receive an application (in your mail) to Vote by Mail?
Yes – How to fill out and apply
No – How to apply for a ballot to vote by mail
After you mail 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 adress 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
- Date the ballot was mailed to you
- Date they received the ballot that you mailed back
- 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.
Voter Information Centers
National Information to help with Registering and Voting
- Plan Your Vote (NBC News)
- Facebook Voting Information Center (Also a new menu option in Facebook)
- How to Vote (In Apple News – For Apple users – on iPhone, iPad, Mac)
- I Will Vote (Spanish Version) (DNC)
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
- Organizations the help drive elderly voters
- Use social media
- Volunteer to work for a campaign
- More info