November 3rd Election Information
Information for the November 3, 2020 State Election
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, voting by mail is encouraged for the November 3rd Election. However, if you wish to vote in person, Early Voting will be available, and you can always vote by coming to the polls on November 3rd. The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm at the Smith School Gym on Ballfield Road. 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
The sample ballot for the November 3rd Election is available here.
Notice of Advanced Processing of Early Voted Ballots
In accordance with State Regulations, advanced removal and advanced depositing of early voted ballots will occur on Sunday, November 1st. Due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, observers are welcome but must register by emailing email@example.com before Saturday, October 31st.
The full notice is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote by Mail applications for the November 3rd Election may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th. Once requested, a ballot will be mailed to you. Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by November 6th, 2020 at 5 p.m. and must be postmarked on or before November 3rd, 2020.
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.
The return envelopes have prepaid postage and can be returned through the mail. You can also return your ballots using the black drop box located at the Town Offices. The drop box is located next to the front entrance at 16 Lincoln Road and is checked frequently throughout the day.
If you feel comfortable, you may also return your ballot directly to us at the Town Clerk's Office during business hours.
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 November 3rd Election will be available from October 17th to October 30th. Specific Early Voting hours are listed below.
- Saturday, October 17th: 9:00am until 1:00pm
- Sunday, October 18th: 9:00 am until 1:00 pm
- October 19th through October 23rd: 8:30am until 4:30pm
- Thursday, October 22nd: Extended hours for Early Voting from 8:30 am until 7:00 pm
- Saturday, October 24th: 9:00am until 1:00pm
- Sunday, October 25th: 9:00 am until 1:00 pm
- October 26th through October 30th: 8:30am until 4:30pm
- Thursday, October 29th: Extended hours for Early Voting from 8:30 am until 7:00 pm
Last Day to Register to Vote in the November 3rd Election
The State Election will be held on November 3, 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, October 24, 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.