The pandemic has impacted every facet of our lives, and the 2020 elections are no exception. We have no in-person registration events. No door-to-door canvassing. Not enough understanding around how the government is stopping voter suppression.
The deadline to register to vote in any election or regular town meeting is 20 days prior to the date of the election or meeting. The deadline to register to vote in a special town meeting is 10 days prior to the special town meeting.
Key deadlines for state primary elections and the presidential election include:
State Primary Election - September 1, 2020
Presidential Election - November 3, 2020
You can register online or in person. Information on how to register in Massachusetts can be found here. Not sure if you’re registered? You can check your registration status at that link as well.
Fun fact: As of January 1, 2020, you are automatically registered to vote in Massachusetts when conducting certain RMV transactions (getting/renewing a license/permit/state ID, applying for MassHealth benefits or Commonwealth Health Connector insurance). So you may be registered and not even know it!
If you’re worried about your mail-in ballot taking too long to reach your local election office, you can head to your local office to drop off your ballot and meet the deadline. Find the address for your local election office here.
Yes it does! In the US, only 6 in 10 eligible voters cast ballots in 2016, meaning that 40% of eligible voters did not make their needs and concerns known in the voting booth.
When a demographic group doesn’t vote, issues that they care about are often overlooked. For example, millennials care about student debt, and this has never been a publicized issue because “politicians are not afraid of [their] voting bloc."
It’s time to stand up for what you believe in. Otherwise, your leaders won’t be able to hear you.
You don’t need a special reason to vote by mail this year - hooray! The process is simple: download a Vote by Mail Application here, and take the following steps:
Applications must reach your local election office by August 26 for the State Primary. Applications must reach your local election office by October 28 for the State Election.
Once your application has been processed, you can track your ballot online by visiting trackmyballotma.com and filling in your name and address. If for any reason your ballot isn’t received in time, you can still vote in person at your polling place.
On Election Day in 2018, voters in several states—including Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New York—received text messages from various groups and organizations that included incorrect information about designated polling locations. We need to ensure something like that doesn’t happen again.
If you suspect voter fraud or voter suppression, there are various steps you can take to make things right, such as contacting your state or territorial election office, the Department of Justice, or a local U.S. attorney’s office. Learn more about specific places to contact here.