GREENFIELD, MA - MARCH 01: Voters enter a polling place inside Greenfield High School on March 01, 2016 in Greenfield, MA. Officials are expecting a record turnout of voters in Massachusetts, one of a dozen states holding Super Tuesday presidential primaries or caucuses. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

With Primary Election Day almost here, it’s another Jaybeau: Voting In Massachusetts: Everything You Need guide!  Of course, we have to MAKE time in our already busy schedule to make sure we get out and do our civic duty. But, waiting two and four years can be a long time. Locations, and systems change. Once we get close to November 8, the questions start to pop up in our head:

Questions

1) Hey, I moved, did I remember to register my new address to vote?

2) Can I vote early?

3) Where is my voting location?

4) Am I on top of the ballot questions? Where can I find that information?

5) What if I want to run for President?

Those are just a few of the many questions you may have as we get closer to November 8.

Great Resource

The Secretary of State website is great resource that has a TON of information to answer your questions like:

Once I take the deep dive and get some questions answered, the voting part is actually the easy part. Hey, we cant complain if we don’t vote, right? It truly is a privilege. We can’t take it for granted.

So, let’s dig in to the Voting In Massachusetts: Everything You Need guide!

  • Upcoming Elections-November 8

    Voter Registration Deadline: October 29, 2022

    Vote by Mail Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

    Early Voting: October 22 – November 4

    Election Day Polling Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    On Ballot: Representative in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Governor’s Council, State Senator, State Representative, District Attorney, Sheriff, County Commissioner (only in certain counties), statewide ballot questions.*

    *Ballots in some counties and communities may have additional local offices and questions.

     

  • Where do I Vote? How Do I Find My Location?

    Click here to Find Your Voting Location. It looks like below.

     

          
  • Voting By Mail

    Massachusetts voters now have the option to vote early by mail in all elections, with no excuse required. To request your Vote by Mail ballot, submit a signed application to your local election office.

    In addition to no-excuse early voting by mail, Massachusetts has absentee voting for those who qualify. While early Vote by Mail ballots are more common, there are special circumstances where you need to apply for an absentee ballot instead. You can find more information about absentee ballot eligibility under “Absentee Ballots,” below.

    Applying for your Ballot

    If you wish to vote by mail, you will first need to submit an application for your ballot.

    You may submit your Vote by Mail application to your local election office:

    • Online
    • By mail
    • By email
    • By fax

    If you are a registered voter, you may submit your Vote by Mail application onlinethrough our Mail-in Ballot Application System.

    To apply by mail, you may use the application postcard sent to you by the Elections Division, or any other signed request. Every voter was sent a Vote by Mail application in July of this year. A second mailing will be sent in September to every voter who hasn’t already applied for a November ballot. These applications are pre-addressed to your local election office and postage pre-paid.

    If you have not received an application or you need a new one, the Vote by Mail application can also be downloaded or printed from our website. Further, any written request with your signature is an acceptable application. You can simply write a signed letter to your local election office to apply for your ballot.

    Applications not submitted through the online Mail-in Ballot Application System can be submitted by mail, email, or fax, but they must include a signature that can be compared to your hand-written signature. Electronic signatures, scanned applications, and photos of applications are acceptable.

    Typed signatures on applications cannot be accepted, unless you are a voter who requires accommodations due to physical disability. If you are unable to sign your application or mark your ballot by hand due to a disability, please visit our page on Voting for Persons with Disabilities for information on requesting an accommodation.

    Application Deadlines

    Any mail-in ballot must be requested in writing at least 5 business days before Election Day.
    Application deadlines for 2022 are listed below. Your application can only be accepted if it has reached your local election office by the deadline.

    Election

    Application Deadline

    November 8, 2022 State Election 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2022

    Apply as early as possible, especially if your ballot will need to be mailed out of town. The U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to 7 days for mail delivery. To ensure you receive your ballot with enough time to mail it back, you should apply 2-3 weeks before Election Day.

    Returning your Ballot

    There are several options for returning your ballot. You may return your ballot by:

    Ballots cannot be dropped off at a polling place on Election Day.

    For the November 8, 2022 State Election, ballots returned in person or by drop box must be delivered by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots returned by mail from inside the United States must reach your local election office by 5 p.m. on November 12, 2022 in order to be counted. Mailed ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day can only be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day.

    For all other elections, ballots must reach your local election office by the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted.

    Use our Track My Ballot tool to check the status of your ballot. The tracker will show you the date your ballot was mailed, the date it was returned, and whether your ballot was accepted or rejected.

    Voting in Person

    You can still vote in person if you’ve applied to vote by mail. You can vote at an early voting location or your polling place on Election Day.

    You can’t vote in person if your ballot has been accepted by your local election office. You can’t take your ballot back or vote again.

    Use our website to track your ballot status. If your ballot hasn’t been accepted by Election Day, you may vote in person at your polling place. If your ballot arrives at your local election office after you’ve voted, the mail-in ballot will be rejected.

    Absentee Ballots

    To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must:

    • Be away from your city/town on Election Day; or
    • Have a disability that keeps you from voting at your polling place; or
    • Have a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling place on Election Day

    Absentee voters use the same ballots as early voters and have the same deadlines for returning their ballots. Most voters who qualify for an absentee ballot can choose instead to apply for an early Vote by Mail ballot. There are some times that an absentee ballot application is needed. You should fill out an absentee ballot application if:

    • You are a U.S. citizen residing overseas; or
    • You are on active military duty; or
    • You are currently incarcerated for a reason other than a felony conviction; or
    • You are requesting an emergency absentee ballot due to hospitalization.

    Emergency Absentee Ballots

    If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 1 week of the election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone of your choice to deliver a ballot to you. The person you designate to deliver your ballot will need to bring the signed application to your local election office, pick up your absentee ballot, bring it to you, and return it for you by the close of polls on Election Day. Emergency ballots may be requested up until the close of polls.

    Military & Overseas Voters

    If you are a U.S citizen residing out of the country or on active military duty, you may use the Federal Post Card Application or the Massachusetts Absentee Ballot Application to request your ballot. More information is available on our page for Voting for Military & Overseas Citizens.

    Vote by Mail Accommodations

    If you have a disability that prevents you from marking a paper ballot independently, you may qualify to use the Accessible Vote by Mail system. Visit our Accessible Vote by Mail page for more information and to find an Accessible Vote by Mail Application.

    Apply Online to Vote by Mail

    Access the Mail-in Ballot Application System.

  • Can I Track My Ballot?

    Click Here to track it!

  • Find Local Elections Offices and Drop Boxes

    Click Here to Find ALL Local Elections Offices and Drop Boxes

    BOSTON

    Address:
    Elections Department
    One City Hall Square, Room 241
    Boston, MA 02201

    Email:
    General Inquiries: [email protected]
    Voting by Mail Inquiries: [email protected]
    Phone: (617) 635-8683
    Fax: (617) 635-4483
    Drop Boxes:

    East Boston Branch Library
    365 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128

    Charlestown Branch Library
    179 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

    South Boston Branch Library
    646 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

    Central Library in Copley Square
    700 Boylston Street, Back Bay, MA 02116

    Roxbury Branch Library
    149 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

    Honan-Allston Branch Library
    300 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134

    Brighton Branch Library
    40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135

    Fields Corner Branch Library
    1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122

    Jamaica Plain Branch Library
    30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Mattapan Branch Library
    1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126

    West Roxbury Branch Library
    1961 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

    Hyde Park Branch Library
    35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136

    Parker Hill Branch Library
    1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury MA 02120

    Grove Hall Library
    41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester MA 02121

    Uphams Corner Branch Library
    500 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125

    City Hall – 3rd Floor
    1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201

    City Hall – Congress Street
    1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201

    Codman Square Branch Library
    690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02124

    Adams Street Branch Library
    690 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122

    BCYF Roslindale
    6 Cummins Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131

    BCYF Quincy Community Center
    885 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111

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