Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail
All registered voters in Massachusetts will be permitted to vote by mail in any 2020 election, with no excuse needed. As required by the new law, a Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the State Primary or for all elections this year. A second mailing will be sent out in September to all voters who have not already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November election. The applications are pre-addressed to your local election official and no postage is necessary.

For a General Election ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than October 28th. However, to ensure timely delivery of your ballot, the Secretary of State's office recommends you submit your application by no later than October 20th.

General Election ballots must be postmarked by November 3rd, and reach your local elections office by no later than November 6th.

Vote by mail ballots can be returned by mail according to the instructions in your ballot package, or in-person  to the Elections & Census Office on Tuesdays/Thursdays, or to the secure ballot drop boxes located near the JFK Plaza and Merrimack Street entrances of City Hall. Beginning 10/27 and through Election Day, the Merrimack Street drop box will be locked after business hours, and the JFK Plaza drop box will be open to receive ballots 24/7 and will be under video surveillance. 

Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked by November 3rd and received no later than November 6th in order to be counted. If you are hand delivering your ballot, it must arrive by November 3rd at 8pm. If you have not yet mailed your ballot, it is advised that your return it in-person rather than through the mail.

Click here to view an instructional video on applying to vote by mail from Interim Elections Director Elliot Veloso.

Click here to view an instructional video on how to fill out your mail-in ballot from Interim Elections Director Elliot Veloso.

Download applications below.