YOUR VOTE: Massachusetts
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It's election season! Are you ready? With just a few clicks, we'll walk through voter registration, key election dates, and all the documents you'll need. Best of all, you can share this info with your friends and neighbors. Make sure that your vote counts!
I. WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL ANY FURTHER, REGISTER TO VOTE
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II. KNOW THE DATES
- November 3, 2020.
General Registration Deadline:
- Registration-cutoff is October 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
- During even year elections, Massachusetts offers in-person early voting. Early voting begins 11 days before Election Day and ends 2 days before Election Day.
Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot:
- Request your absentee ballot from your town/city clerk as early as possible. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2020.
- An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
Massachusetts is allowing mail-in voting due to COVID-19. Those who'd like to vote by mail this fall must submit their requests in time to be received by 5:00 pm. on October 28, 2020.
III. REGISTER TO VOTE
- Not sure you're registered? This handy widget will tell you whether you're on the voter rolls.
- Here are the requirements to register as a voter in Massachusetts.
Need To Register?
- Yes, it's so important we're including it twice. Here's that link again:
IV. WHERE TO VOTE
- School, firehouse or community center, this simple form will tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
- Click here to find contact information for your City or Town Clerk.
Do I need to wear a mask to the polls?
- No. Although there is a statewide order requiring the wearing of masks in public places, the mandate contains an exception for voting. All qualified voters will be allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day, regardless of whether or not they're wearing masks.
V. COVID-19 MAIL-IN VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
COVID-19 is an accepted reason for requesting a mail-in ballot:
- Request your absentee ballot from your town/city clerk as early as possible. A no-excusse vote by mail application can be downloaded here.
- Here are COVID-19 No-Excuse Vote by Mail Instructions.
- Find Massachusetts' latest COVID-19 elections updates here.
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VI. WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS
Voter ID Laws:
- Massachusetts requires a identification for first-time voters, and sometimes for others. Bring one to be safe.
- Here is the list of accepted credentials.
- Contact your town clerk for a list of acceptable credentials.
Don't have a valid ID?
- If you're a first-time voter who is unable to present ID when you check in, you may vote a provisional ballot and return with acceptable ID by close of polls.
- If you're not a first time voter and can't produce acceptable ID when asked for it, you must still be permitted to vote. However, your ballot must be challenged. Your ballot will be cast normally, and will only be re-examined in the case of a recount, court order, or audit.
VII. HAVING TROUBLE? GET IN TOUCH
The Massachusetts Secretary of State:
- Call 1-800-392-6090 or email email@example.com.
Voter ID Helpline:
- Call 844-338-8743
Any other questions?
See you at the ballots (or mailboxes), Massachusettsans!
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