COVID-19 Elections and Voting
Information for the September 1, 2020 State Primary
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voting by mail is encouraged for the September 1st Primary. However, if you wish to vote in person, Early Voting will be available, and you can always vote by coming to the polls on September 1st. The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. The polling location is currently to be decided. If you decide to come to the polls, we ask that you follow the safety protocols below.
- Wear a Face Covering
- Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6 feet away from anyone not from your household
- Keep your ballot dry and free from hand sanitizers – do not use hand sanitizer while handling your ballot and be sure that your voting booth is dry, as sanitizer will cause issues and tabulator breakdowns
Health and safety measures have been taken to ensure that anyone who comes to the polls is as safe as possible. The measures are listed below.
- Voting booths will be sanitized between voters
- Unused / sanitized pens will be provided to those who need to borrow one
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at the exit
Sample ballots for the September Primary are available here:
Voting by Mail
Vote by Mail
Due to legislation changes, Voting by Mail is now permissible for elections in 2020. The application is available here: Vote by Mail application. The Secretary of the Commonwealth has mailed a Vote by Mail application form to registered voters. You can call our office If you have already submitted a Vote by Mail application and would like to confirm we have it on file. A physical signature is required to complete the application; the form can be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office at 16 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773, or a scanned or photographed copy may be emailed to the Town Clerk at email@example.com.
Vote by Mail applications for the September 1st Primary may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26th. Once requested, a ballot will be mailed to you and must be received back by the close of polls on election day.
Voting by Mail allows the Town Clerk’s Office to mail ballots to residents to complete at home, rather than over the counter or at the polls on election day.
In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, normally a voter must be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to:
- Absence from town during normal polling hours
- Physical disability preventing attendance at the polling place, or
- Religious belief.
However, due to COVID-19, Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 permits any registered voter staying in their home or avoiding their polling place as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19 to be eligible to request an Absentee Ballot. The application is available here: Absentee Ballot Application.
Any registered voter who would like to vote in person, but does not want to come to the polls, can vote early in person at the Town Offices at 16 Lincoln Road. Early Voting for the September 1st Primary will be available from August 22nd to August 28th. On Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23, the Town Offices will be open from 9 am until 1 pm to allow for Early Voting. During the week, Early Voting will be available during our office hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. On Thursday August 27, additional Early Voting hours will be available from 8:30 am to 7 pm.
Last Day to Register to Vote in the September 1, 2020 Primary
The State Primary will be held on September 1, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. For those residents not yet registered, the last day to Register to Vote in this election is Saturday August 22, 2020.
To register to vote online, or to see if you are already registered, check here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
If you need additional assistance, please call us at 781-259-2607.