Our Mission is to make the unknown transparent and bring the voices of others to light.

This mission is particularly important during election season.

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.

We are committed to making a difference in our local communities.

And we hope you are too. You may have questions about Election Day, ranging from, “What do I need to do to register?” to, “Since I’m not from a swing state, will my vote really matter?” To make things simple, we have the answers below, as well as links to resources if you’re interested in diving a bit deeper.

Common questions for MA residents.

When do I need to register by?

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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

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 8PM
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot in MA: Monday, August 31, 2020 12PM
  • Deadline to return completed absentee ballot: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8PM

Presidential Election - November 3, 2020

  • Voter registration deadline: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8PM
  • Early voting: October 19-30, 2020
  • In-person absentee voting: Not available
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot: Monday November 2, 2020 12PM
  • Deadline to return completed absentee ballot: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 8PM

How do I register?

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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!

Where do I vote?

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You can find out where your polling place is by filling in your address here.

You can also download a mail-in ballot here if you want to stay at home and avoid the polls this year due to coronavirus concerns.

Do I meet the eligibility requirements to vote?

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You can find out who can and cannot vote in U.S. elections here. If you’re curious about voter ID laws, check here.

I’ve been hearing more about ballot drop boxes lately. Where can I find one near me?

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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.

Is there somewhere I can learn about who’s running in my local elections?

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You can learn more about the Massachusetts 2020 State Primary Candidates here. BallotReady also offers a customizable dashboard that overviews your candidates based on your location, and you can sign up for email updates to remind you of upcoming election-related deadlines.

Massachusetts traditionally votes Democrat. Does it really matter if I vote?

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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.

I’m reluctant to vote in person because of COVID-19. How can I vote with a mail-in ballot?

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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:

  1. Complete the application
  2. Deliver your application to your local election office
  3. Vote when your ballot arrives
  4. Return your ballot by mail or by dropping it off at your local election office at your city or town hall — many locations have secure drop boxes

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.

How can I be sure my mail-in ballot has been received?

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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.

What should I do if I see an incident of voter suppression?

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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.

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