Voting Options Overview
On July 6th the Governor signed new legislation – An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID. This legislation outlines 3 options for voting in the fall 2020 elections: Vote by Mail, Vote Early In Person or Vote on Election Day
|ELECTION TYPE||DATE OF ELECTION||DEADLINE TO
REGISTER TO VOTE
|VOTE BY MAIL
|State Primary||September 1, 2020||August 22, 2020||August 26th – 5PM|
|Presidential Election||November 3, 2020||October 24, 2020||October 28th – 5PM|
ELECTION DAY LOCATIONS and HOURS
|ALL||Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive||7:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
Results of elections can be found on the Elections page.
SELECTION OF BALLOT TYPES (Primary Election Only)
In a primary election, a voter who is NOT registered in a political party (Unenrolled or commonly known as Independent) must specify the party ballot type of choice on the application to vote by mail or in person voting (early or on Election Day). We are unable to process applications for Unenrolled / Independent voters who do not select a party ballot type on their application. Unenrolled / Independent voters who select a party ballot type do not become registered in that party – they remain Unenrolled / Independent voters. Voters who are registered in one of the 4 political parties (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) MUST take that party ballot and are not given a choice of ballot type – verify your party enrollment or change your party enrollment prior to the deadline to register to vote and before applying for a mail in ballot.
Voting by Mail
All registered voters qualify to vote by mail in the fall 2020 elections. Application post cards will be mailed to ALL registered voters, at their mailing address, who have not already applied to receive a vote by mail ballot as follows:
|Approximate date of post card application mailing||July 15th||September 14th|
|Mailed to all voters registered by, and voters without an application already processed by:||July 1st||September 1st|
APPLY EARLY – to allow ample time for processing your application and for the postal services to deliver your ballot to you. If you are concerned about applying too early – please note that voters can hold on to their ballot and return it during the week prior to the election. Voters who receive a vote by mail ballot but do not return it prior to Election Day may appear to vote in person on Election Day to cast a ballot. Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot (or voted early in person) cannot vote on Election Day.
Applications can be returned by Mail (postage is pre-paid on the post card application mailed to you), placed in the drop box outside of the front entrance to Town Hall, 195 Main Street, or scanned & emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
TRACK YOUR APPLICATION AND BALLOT
Voters who have applied for a vote by mail ballot may use the link above to track the status of their application as well as their ballot status (e.g., mailed / received back). Please note that we anticipate a large volume of applications and request you allow at least 2 weeks before checking the status of your application and allow a minimum of 10 days to receive your ballot from the status date of mailing. Please DO NOT contact the Clerk’s Office to check on your status until the recommended amount of time listed above has passed.
RETURN OF VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS
Mailed Ballots include a postage pre-paid return ballot envelope that is addressed to the Town Clerk’s Office. You may return your ballot by mail (please see deadlines below) or hand deliver your ballot by placing it in the drop box outside of the front door to Town Hall (the deadline is the close of the polls on Election Day).
- Ballots CANNOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day – they must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office for processing before they are delivered by the Town Clerk to the polls to be cast on Election Day.
- Voters who receive a vote by mail ballot but do not return it prior to Election Day may appear to vote in person and cast a ballot on Election Day.
- Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot (or voted early in person) is not permitted to appear to vote in person on Election Day.
Deadlines for ballots to be returned and counted
- Primary Election – All ballots must be received at Town Hall by 8PM on September 1st
- Presidential Election –
- Ballots returned in the drop box must be received by 8PM on November 3rd.
- Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3rd AND received in the Town Clerk’s Office by 5PM on November 6th.
Please note that US Postal delivery services are not consistent and can range from 3 to 11 days. We recommend voters return their ballots in the drop box outside of the front door to Town Hall by 8PM on Election Day to ensure it arrives back to us in time to count.
Voting Early in Person
Early Voting in person will be available for the fall 2020 elections. An application is not required to vote early in person… just show up and vote!
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – EARLY VOTING IN PERSON
October 17th – October 30th
MAYNARD TOWN HALL – 195 Main Street
Soup Campbell Room
PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE REAR OF THE BUILDING
Please note that only 5 voters will be allowed in the
Town Hall at a time during early voting in person.
|Saturday||10/17||9:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Sunday||10/18||9:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Monday||10/19||8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10/20||8:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10/21||8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10/22||8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10/23||8:00 AM – 12:00 PM|
|Saturday||10/24||9:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Sunday||10/25||9:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Monday||10/26||8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10/27||8:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10/28||8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10/29||8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10/30||8:00 AM – 12:00PM|
Voting on Election Day: What you need to know before you go
Educated voters will reduce the amount of time necessary in the voting booths and reduce lines and crowding while voting.
What’s my Precinct? Click here to find your precinct
- ALL precincts vote at the Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive
Do NOT go to the POLLS if you are sick or have been exposed leading up to Election Day
- Wear a Face Covering
- Bring a Pen – Blue or Black ink Sharpie or Papermate Flair (if you don’t want to borrow one)
- Bring an ID – in some cases voters will be required to show an ID.
- Don’t touch your face while at the polling location
- Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6 feet away from anyone not from your household
- Keep your ballot dry and free from hand sanitizers – to avoid tabulator issues
FAQ: Early Voting by mail or in person
If I applied for a vote by mail ballot can I appear to vote in person at an early voting site or at the polls on Election Day?
If your vote by mail ballot has not been received back to the Town Clerk’s Office – YES, you may still appear to vote in person at the polls on Election Day. These voters will be required to complete additional paperwork and will need to show an ID. Should your mail in ballot be received after you voted early in person or at the polls on Election Day that ballot will be rejected and will not be counted
If a vote by mail ballot has already been received back by the Town Clerk’s Office – NO.
A returned vote by mail ballot is considered cast and you will not be eligible to vote by mail, early in person or in person at the polls on Election Day.
If I vote early in person can I appear to vote in person at the polls on Election Day?
NO – If you appeared to vote early in person your ballot will be considered cast and you will not be eligible to vote by mail, or in person at the polls on Election Day. Voting in Person at the Polls after submitting an early ballot is prohibited as outlined in 950 CMR 4 7.19.
When & how is an early voter’s ballot cast?
All vote by mail and early voting in person ballots will be opened and inserted into a tabulator before Election Day or fed through the tabulators at the polls on Election Day. These ballots will be kept secured, locked, and unexamined until the polls are closed on Election Day.