How to Vote by Mail

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VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION AND BALLOT DEADLINES

Election
Vote by Mail 
Application Deadline
Vote by Mail
Ballot Deadline
State Primary
September 1, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020,
5 p.m.
September 1, 2020,
8 p.m.
Presidential Election
November 3, 2020
Wednesday, October 28. 2020,
5 p.m.
November 3, 2020,
8 p.m.

PLEASE Note: Vote by mail ballots cannot be returned to the polling locations on Election Day.


Vote by Mail Applications

As required by the new law, a Vote By Mail application was mailed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth to every person who was registered to vote on or before July 1, 2020, and who had not already requested an Absentee ballot for the September 1, 2020, State Primary or for all elections this year. A second mailing will be sent out in September to all voters who have not already applied for a Vote By Mail ballot for the November election. The applications are pre-addressed to the Framingham City Clerk, and no postage is necessary. You may also drop off the application at the City Clerk’s Office, email it to cityclerk@framinghamma.gov or place it in the secure official election ballot drop box located in the rear of the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street.

If you wish to vote by mail, you are strongly encouraged to return your application as early as possible to ensure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it before the close of polls on November 3, 2020.

Applications require the voter’s signature and a phone number in the event of any questions. The signature must be visible and signed in substantially the same manner as a handwritten signature. This includes applications signed with a mouse, stylus, or finger. Applications with typed signatures or no signatures will not be accepted.

All vote by mail applications must be received in the City Clerk’s Office, Room #105, by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.  

How to obtain Vote by Mail Application

To obtain a Vote By Mail Application, click here. You may also contact the City Clerk at 508-532-5521 or email cityclerk@framinghamma.gov and one will be sent to you.

HOW TO return your vote by mail ballot

Once you receive your ballot, please return it as soon as possible to ensure that it arrives in time to be counted. Ballots CANNOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day.

Residents have three options to return a completed ballot:

1) Return by Mail 

A pre-paid postage return ballot envelope that is addressed to the Town Clerk's Office is included in your vote by mail package. Place your ballot in the envelope, seal it, and drop it in the mail. Postage is prepaid, the voter does not have to place a stamp on the envelope. 

2) Return In-Person

You may return your vote by mail ballot in-person to the City Clerk's Office, 150 Concord Street, Room #105.

3) Use Official Election Ballot Drop Box

Ballots can be dropped off in the secure official election drop box located in the rear of the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street.

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.

What if I registered to vote by mail but I did not return my ballot prior to 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.

if I voted by mail can I vote in person 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.