FALL 2020 ELECTIONS VOTER OPTIONS GUIDE
On July 6th the Governor signed new legislation - An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID.
All registered voters qualify to vote by mail in the fall 2020 elections.
The legislation requires the Secretary of State to mail an application, in advance of both fall elections, to all registered voters who have not already applied for a vote by mail ballot (see additional information on dates applications will be mailed). The application is pre-addressed and postage paid to be returned to the Easton Town Clerk's Office as is the ballot return envelope.
ALL REGISTERED VOTERS WILL RECEIVE AN APPLICATION MAILED TO THEM AROUND JULY 15TH
|Approximate date of post card application mailing||July 15th||
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& voters without an application already processed by
MOST VOTERS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT - BUT ALL VOTERS QUALIFY FOR AN EARLY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT
Vote by Mail 2020 Application Deadline for application to be received at Town Clerk's Office
Primary - September 1st Wednesday, August 26th - 5PM
Presidential - November 3rd Wednesday, October 28th - 5PM
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 town offices (136 Elm St) or scanned & emailed to email@example.com
Ballots will not be mailed for the primary election before August 10th.
TRACK YOUR APPLICATION AND BALLOT
Voters who have applied for a vote by mail ballot may use this link to track the status of their application as well as their ballot status (mailed / received back). Please note that we anticipate a large volume of applications (there are over 17,000 voters in Easton) 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. Inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 . 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.
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 Town Offices (deadline is close of polls on Election Day). Ballots can NOT 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 Town Clerk's staff 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 to 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
November 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 by the Town Clerk 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 town offices by 8PM on Election Day to ensure it arrives back to us in time to count.
EARLY VOTING (by Mail or In peson) FAQ:
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.
More information on how Easton intends to process these ballots will be available after the Secretary of State provides regulations on processing ballots before Election day.
Voters Living Outside of the U.S.
For Federal & State General Elections only, members of the Uniformed Services or U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. may request an Absentee Ballot be emailed, faxed or mailed to them. See above link to download this application. For the Primary Election voters must return their ballots by the Close of Polls on Election Day. For the November election, those submitting their ballot electronically (either fax or e-mail), it must be returned to the Town Clerks Office by the Close of Polls on Election Day and if returning their ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Election Day and received at the Town Clerks office by 5:00 p.m. EST, 10 days after the election.