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Your Voice. Your Vote.

By Dustin Martin on September 14, 2020
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With COVID-19 still affecting the country, Election Day is going to look more like Election Season! In efforts to make sure all eligible voters can cast their vote in a healthy way, Massachusetts has provided voters with multiple options.

Before exploring the three options for voting in the 2020 Presidential Election, it is important to ensure that you are registered to vote. Your voter registration status can be checked by going to the Massachusetts Elections Division website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/. Here you will be able to check your registration status and change your address, among other resources.

 

 

  • Option 1 - Vote by Mail
    • In order to vote by mail, you are required to:
      • Complete the "Vote by Mail Application"
      • Once completed, deliver your application to your local election office. This can be done by mail, in person, or via e-mail.
      • When your ballot arrives, vote and return your ballot.
    • Important Deadlines for Vote by Mail
      • Applications received after October 28th cannot by accepted. It is recommended to submit your application no later than October 20th
      • Ballots need to be postmarked no later than November 3rd and must be at your local election office no later than November 6th
    • If you choose to vote by mail, you can track your ballot once it has been submitted at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx
  • Option 2 - Early Voting
    Early voting in Massachusetts begins on October 17th and runs through October 30th. Early voting happens at multiple different voting sites and different times. Be sure to check with your local election office to see when early voting is available in your area.
  • Option 3 - Voting on Election Day
    In-person Election Day voting across the country is November 3rd. Polling places will be open from 7 AM through 8 PM. If you are in line by 8 PM, you can still vote, even if it is after the closing time. To find your voting location, please visit: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

If you wish to be more involved in the election process, many counties are looking to hire poll workers to assist on the day of. Poll Workers help keep the lines short and the voting process quicker. Check if your country is looking to hire by visiting: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/covid-19/poll-workers-needed.htm

For more information, please visit the resources the Bay State College Library has put together.