Vote By Mail

Your voice matters. Make sure it counts.

Don’t delay! All other states that implemented Vote-By-Mail for the first time rejected ballots due to tardiness. Massachusetts elections offices are already overwhelmed, and recent USPS changes are slowing mail delivery. The elections office must receive your ballot by September 1st at 8pm!

Step 1:

Voter Registration
  • Visit the Online Voter Registration System
  • Check your registration address
  • Check whether you are registered as a Democrat or Independent (this affects how you will fill out the application)

Step 2:

Vote-By-Mail Application
  • Download the application
  • Fill out & sign the application
  • Submit by email (recommended) or mail to your local elections office
  • Recommended deadline: July 31st

*Official deadline: August 26th

  • Track your application & ballot. If your information does not appear in the tracker, your application has not been received and you should call your local elections office.

Step 3:

Mail Your Ballot
  • Fill out your ballot
  • Mail it to your local elections office
  • Recommended deadline: Mail your ballot by August 18th
  • Official deadline: The elections office must receive your ballot by September 1st at 8pm
  • Track your ballot. If you have any questions, call your local elections office.

Filling out the Vote-By-Mail application

Example of a filled-out 2020 Vote By Mail Application form

Four important things to watch out for:

  1. Make sure to request the ballot for “All 2020 elections” so you do not have to do this process again.
  2. If you are registered as an Independent, make sure to indicate which party ballot you would like for the primary. (If you are not registered as an Independent, you do not need to specify a primary ballot.)
  3. If you would like your ballot to arrive at an address that is different from your registration address, fill in the “Mail Ballot to” section at the bottom of section 2.
  4. If you are signing on a computer, do not type your signature. Instead, you can write it with a pen tool.

Details

Getting a vote-by-mail application

Every voter who was registered by July 1st will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot application. You may also download the vote-by-mail application and submit it to your local elections office by mail or email (Medford, Somerville).

Sending in your vote-by-mail application

Simply email your application to your local elections office or send it by mail. If you are submitting the application ballot via email, the application must still have your signature on it. Please note that your local elections office must receive your application by August 26th for the September primary and October 28th for the November general election in order for you to get your ballot in time to vote.

Making sure your application was received

You can track your application and ballot online. If your application is marked as “pending,” that means that it has been received and a ballot will be sent to you. If there is no record of you, that means your application has not been received and you should call your local elections office (Medford: 781-393-2491, Somerville: 617-625-6600 x 4200).

Getting your ballot

Once you have filled out and returned the vote-by-mail application, a ballot will be sent to your residential address (or the mailing address you designated on your application, if different from your residential address). Carefully follow the instructions that come with the ballot to fill it out and return it by election day.

Voting early in person

Voting early in person will be available. For the primary, polling will begin on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 and end on Friday, August 28th, 2020. Somerville and Medford early polling locations will be at their respective city hall and will at least be during business hours. For more details go to www.MassEarlyVote.com.

Voting on election day

You will still have the option to vote on election day in person, but we strongly recommend that you choose a different option to ensure the safety of everyone. That said, polls will be open from 7am-8pm on election day. Find polling location details on the City of Medford website or the City of Somerville website.

Medford Elections Office

MAILING ADDRESS:
City Clerk
85 George Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155
EMAIL: ahurtubise@medford-ma.gov
PHONE: 781-393-2491
FAX: (781) 391-1895
OFFICE ADDRESS: 85 George Hassett Drive, Medford

Somerville Elections Office

MAILING ADDRESS:
Elections Commission
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
EMAIL: vote@somervillema.gov
PHONE: 617-625-6600 x 4200
FAX: (617) 625-5643
OFFICE ADDRESS: 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I qualified to request a vote-by-mail ballot?

Every registered Massachusetts voter is qualified to vote by mail in 2020.

Can I request both my primary ballot and my general ballot at the same time?

Yes. On the vote-by-mail application, check the boxes labeled “September 1, 2020 Primary” and “November 3, 2020 Election” to receive both your primary and general election ballot in the mail (note: they will come at different times). You can also check the “All 2020 Elections” box to receive all ballots for any election throughout the remainder of the year.

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 the form and mail or email the application in to your local elections office. You may also request a ballot by phone at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) or by emailing elections@sec.state.ma.us. Please note that your local elections office must receive your application by August 26th for the September primary and October 28th for the November general election in order for you to get your ballot in time to vote.

What if I still want to vote in person? If I miss a deadline for voting by mail, how can I vote in person?

There will still be options to vote early for both the primary and general election as well as the option to vote on election day. See the “Voting early in person” or “Voting on election day” sections above for more information.

Can I track my application or ballot?

Yes, you can track your application or ballot online. If there are no results that either means you entered information in wrong or your application has not been received. If it says “pending” then your application was received and a ballot will be sent to you. Otherwise it will say the date your ballot was mailed.

Is early voting in-person still available?

Yes. For the primary, polling will begin on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 and end on Friday, August 28th, 2020. Somerville and Medford early polling locations will be at their respective city halls and will at least be during business hours. For more details go to www.MassEarlyVote.com.

What happens if I want my ballot mailed to a different address?

The application will include a section labeled “Mail Ballot to” where you may designate a mailing address, if it is different from your residential address.

What if I cannot print out my application?

Any written request addressed to your local elections office that clearly denotes that you are requesting a ballot to vote by mail is acceptable, as long as it contains your full name, residential address, where to mail your ballot (if different than your residential address), and a signature in your handwriting (you can sign your name on paper or with a computer or phone using a mouse, finger, or stylus; however, typed signatures are not acceptable). If you are requesting a state primary ballot and you are not registered in a political party, you must also specify the party ballot that you are requesting.

If I move right before the election what should I do?

Massachusetts law permits you to vote in the city you are registered in up to six months after you move, provided that you have not yet registered at your new address. If you can no longer receive mail at your previous address because you have moved, you may request your ballot to be sent to your new address or the address of a family member or friend. You may also vote at your previous polling place in person, either on the designated early voting dates or on Election Day.

For further information, see more frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please email Spencer, our voting expert, at info@annacallahan.com or call your local elections office.