Healthy Voting in Massachusetts

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Massachusetts

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • All voters can vote by mail.

  • Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.

  • Early voting locations are open before Election Day.

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Deadline to return your ballot
Postmarked by Election Day, November 3 and received by November 6 for mailed ballots
OR
Delivered by Election Day, November 3 at 8:00 pm to a drop-off location.

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

All voters can request a mail-in ballot.

The deadline to request a ballot is October 28, 2020.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends requesting a ballot as soon as possible, no later than October 19.

You can:

  • Request a ballot online.
  • Download, print, and mail a request form.
  • Download and email a request form.
  • Call or visit your local elections office.

Remember:

  • If you are voting by mail for the first time, check the ID requirements carefully.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At your elections office.
  • At a secure ballot drop-off location.
  • At an early voting location.

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...


  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • Seal inner and outer envelopes.

  • Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.

  • You don't need a stamp because postage is pre-paid.

Healthy tips for voting by mail in Massachusetts

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going on Election Day itself. Early voting methods vary, so check the options available in your area.

October 17 through October 30, early voting locations are open.

  • You can drop off your ballot at all early voting locations.

Healthy tips for early voting in Massachusetts

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Polling places are open at least from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Polling places are open on Election Day.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in Massachusetts

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

How to find your accessible options for the November 3, 2020 general election in Massachusetts.

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.


Accessible voting by mail in Massachusetts

If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Massachusetts:

Accessible tools for voting by mail

Massachusetts has an accessible vote-by-mail program, Accessible Electronic Vote by Mail, that allows voters with disabilities to receive and mark a mail-in ballot electronically. You may have to request access to the program. To use accessible tools for voting by mail, typically you:

  • Download an electronic ballot
  • Mark the ballot on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology
  • Print the ballot and voter’s signature form
  • Sign the form, and seal the ballot in an envelope
  • Return it by mail or in-person

Be sure to check with your local elections office for information about how to use the accessible voting by mail program and information about additional options for dropping off your ballot.

Accessible voting in person

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Massachusetts:

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.

Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election website for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.

If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.

Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

Other accessible voting options

Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

  • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
  • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
  • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
  • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

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