Important Information for Voting in the November Elections:
As part of our commitment to protect democracy, JCRC was proud to advocate for the passage of a bill approved by the MA legislature on July 7. This important legislation gives all eligible voters the opportunity to vote early in the primary and general election, allows residents to vote-by-mail, and expands absentee ballot access.
You must register to vote by October 26th. Click here to make sure you are registered.
1. Vote by mail
- A vote-by-mail application will be sent in September to all voters who have not already applied for a vote-by-mail ballot for the November election. You can also download one here.
- The application must be received by October 28 – mailed no later than October 20. Send in your application earlier to be sure they have time to receive a ballot and mail it.
- Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day (November 3) and received at the city or town hall by November 6.
- Mail-in ballots may be hand delivered to local election centers by voters themselves or by third parties. Alternatively, voters may contact their city or town to find out about the locations of any ballot drop boxes.
- Check the status of your ballot here.
- Public health officials recommend that you not lick ballot envelopes, but instead use a wet sponge or cloth to seal them.
2. Vote early in-person
- Early voting locations will be determined on October 2nd, and early voting will be October 17 – October 30.
- Voters who request mail-in ballots may still cast their votes in person, either on Election Day or during early voting, as long as they haven’t already voted by mail. They can also vote in person if they mail their ballot and it does not reach their election office by Election Day or if their mail-in ballot is rejected for any reason.
3. Vote in-person on Election Day on November 3.
Become a Poll Worker:
COVID19 has placed immense pressure on our electoral system. Across the country this year, staffing shortages have led to long lines at the polls, or worse, polling location closures. These delays and closures often hit communities of color, low-income communities, and immigrant communities the hardest. In order to prevent this from arising in Massachusetts this fall, we must ensure that polling places have as many poll workers as possible. Learn more here.