November Election: Understanding Mail-In Voting
October 6, 2022
With the November 8 State Election just over a month away, we wanted to make sure you understand exactly when and how you may make your voice heard. Today, we are diving into the mail-in voting process.
As with the September Primary, all Massachusetts voters will be able to cast ballots by mail. If you already elected to receive a mail ballot for this election, then you are all set! If you have not applied, but are interested in voting by mail, you should have received a vote by mail application. You can also request a mail ballot online here.
If you plan to vote by mail, we strongly suggest you apply as early as possible, as the U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to 7 days for mail delivery. Here are the most important deadlines you need to know.
November 1 at 5 PM: Deadline to request a mail ballot.
November 8: Election Day. All mail ballots must be delivered by 8 PM.
November 12: All mail ballots for the State Election postmarked by November 8 must be received by your local elections office by 5 PM.
If you vote by mail, you can track your mail ballot here. You can find a list of ballot drop boxes across Massachusetts here, in which you can deliver both your application and ballot. NOTE: To ensure your ballot is counted, only submit your ballot to the drop box in your city or town.
Mail-in voting is incredibly easy, efficient, and secure. Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts voters cast ballots by mail in the September State Primary. And for this upcoming election, nearly one million voters have already requested mail ballots. So do not hesitate to take advantage of mail-in voting!
Over the next few weeks, we will share more info with you on what voting early in-person or on Election Day will look like, as well as issues like ballot question 1 on the Fair Share Amendment. In the meantime, if you or someone you know is interested in voting by mail, it is a superb - and convenient - way to make your voice heard!