On July 6th the Governor signed new legislation - An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID. 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 - 30th
TOWN HALL – 136 Elm Street – Colleen Corona Room *
|Saturday||10/17||9:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|Sunday||10/18||9:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|Monday||10/19||8:30 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Tuesday||10/20||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Wednesday||10/21||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Thursday||10/22||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Friday||10/23||8:30 AM - 12:30 PM|
|Saturday||10/24||9:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|Sunday||10/25||9:00 AM - 1:00 PM|
|Monday||10/26||8:30 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Tuesday||10/27||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Wednesday||10/28||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Thursday||10/29||8:30 AM - 4:30 PM|
|Friday||10/30||8:30 AM - 12:30 PM|
*Please note that only 5 voters will be allowed in the Town Hall at a time during early voting in person.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO VOTE
Educated voters will reduce the amount of time necessary in the voting booths and reduce lines and crowding while voting.
View sample ballots at https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/town_clerk1/sample_ballots_.php
What to Bring or Know when voting early in person:
- Wear a Face Covering
- Bring a Pen – Blue or Black ink sharpie or Paper Mate Flair (if you don’t want to borrow one)
- Bring a Clip Board or Book to mark your ballot on (if you don’t want to use a Voting Booth)
- 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’ away from anyone not from your household
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.
Notice of Advance removal and depositing of Early Voted Ballots
In accordance with the Secretary of State Regulations 47.12 and under the provisions of section 7(k) of Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020, the Town of Easton will be opening and/or depositing early voted ballots at the Town Offices, 136 Elm Street at the following sessions:
|• Sunday, October 25th||8:00 AM|
|• Monday, October 26th||8:30 AM|
|• Tuesday, October 27th||8:30 AM|
|• Wednesday, October 28th||8:30 AM|
|• Thursday, October 29th||8:30 AM|
|• Friday, October 30th||8:30 AM|
|• Saturday, October 31st||9:00 AM|
|• Sunday, November 1st||9:00 AM|
|• Monday, November 2nd||9:00 AM|
As the Town Offices remain closed to the public we respectfully ask that observers register by emailing email@example.com in advance of all processing of early voted ballots sessions.
In accordance with the Regulations 47.12 and the provisions of section 7(k) of Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020, no results shall be determined or announced until after the time the polls close on September 1st. At that time the results from the advance processed ballots will be added to the election day results and posted in a public place.
Electioneering During Early Voting in Person
The Select Board adopted policy #92 with the following regulation for the period designated for in-person absentee voting and the State’s Early Voting Period:
No poster, card, handbill, placard, picture or circular intended to influence the action of the voter, other than those expressly authorized by G.L. c. 54, § 65, shall be posted, exhibited, circulated or distributed in the Town Clerk’s office, in the building where the Town Clerk’s office is located, on the walls thereof, on the premises on which the Town offices at 136 Elm Street stand within one hundred and fifty feet (150’) of the building entrance door to said Town offices