Due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, Massachusetts has adjusted it's voting laws to make it safer to vote in the 2020 election. In an effort to make polling places less crowded on election day to enable safe social distancing, MA has expanded access to vote by mail and early voting options.
Normally, MA requires a voter to have a reason (such as being out of the state on election day) to request an absentee ballot.
For the 2020 election, every registered MA voter is eligible to vote by mail with no excuse required.
Additionally, vote by mail applications were mailed to all registered voters in July and will be sent again in September. If you did not receive a vote by mail application in the mail, you can download the form and send it to your local election office.
|Upcoming Election||Deadline to Register to Vote||Deadline to Apply to Vote by Mail|
|2020 General Election / November 3, 2020||Saturday October 24, 2020 8:00PM EDT||October 28, 2020|
For the 2020 election, Massachusetts has mandated the expansion of early voting. Voting early means you are less likely to have a long wait and you won't have to visit your polling place on election day. The more people who vote early, the safer it will be for poll workers and those who can only vote in person on election day. This will limit crowds and enable safe social distancing at polling places on election day.
Early voting days and hours will vary by city and town but there are certain days when all cities and towns are required to offer early voting.
In-person voting for the November 3 State Election will take place over 15 days, with 14 days of early voting being held October 17-30. All cities and towns will be required to offer early voting on Saturday, October 17, Sunday, October 18, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25.
Early voting schedules and locations will be posted at www.MassEarlyVote.com at least one week before early voting begins.
Tips for voting in 2020
1) Request your absentee/Mail-in-Ballot now. That way it will be mailed to you as soon as possible giving you ample time to return it. Click here to request your mail-in-ballot
2) Worried about mail service in your area? You don't need to mail-in your mail-in ballot. You can return it to your local election office and many municipalities are setting up secure ballot drop boxes. Check with your local elections office to find where drop boxes are located in your town.
3) Vote Early. Massachusetts has mandated the expansion of early voting hours due to the ongoing pandemic. Voting early will mean a shorter wait and fewer people around you. Click here to visit the MA Secretary of State's Vote Early Website to find out where you can vote early in person or by mail in your town.
4) If you need or want to vote on Election Day, make a plan!
Learn more by following the links below!