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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Massachusetts

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Massachusetts.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/17/2020
Early Voting Begins
10/30/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/28/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/17/2020 and ends on 10/30/2020

Find your early voting location here.

How Vote By Mail Works in Massachusetts

Due to COVID-19, Massachusetts has introduced a mail-in ballot alternative that is open to all registered voters. This is a two step process. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 28th.

  • Due to COVID-19, Massachusetts will mail ballot applications to all registered voters. You can return the state-issued application or request your ballot here.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your local elections office or designated dropbox by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd.
  • Or mail your ballot. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by three days later to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP as the post office may not be able to deliver within three days, even with the postmark.
Are you out of the state and need to request a ballot? Click here for more information.The 2020 mail-in ballot process above is in addition Massachusetts' existing absentee voting with a qualifying excuse procedure.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After completing your ballot, put it into the return envelope provided by the state. Sign the affidavit provided with the return envelope. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. If your ballot is received before Election Day, your clerk will notify you and send you a new ballot. You may get a phonecall from a number you do not recognize with a notification you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in person ballot on Election Day.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Massachusetts

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Massachusetts First Time Voter Info