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State Primary Election Tuesday, September 1, 2020

State Primary Election Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The State Primary Election Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Voting on Election Day – What You Need to Know / Bring:

Do NOT go to the POLLS if you are sick or have been exposed leading up to Election Day. Call (on Election Day) 617-376-1144 for voting options from home

  • Wear a Face Covering
  • Bring a Pen – Blue or Black ink –or Paper Mate Flair recommended (machines will not read red / highlighters; Pencil / crayons cause issues with tabulator breakdowns)
  • 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. That ID can be anything (license, a bill, email) but the voter name and address must match how you are registered.
  • Don’t touch your face while at the polling location
  • Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6’ 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 your voting booth is dry as it will cause issues tabulator breakdowns SAVE TIME & AGGRAVATION

Know Before You Go:

  1. Am I a registered voter & what is my party enrollment?
    • The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation for the State Primary Election is Saturday, August 22nd. You may register to vote or change your party enrollment online at: www.sec.state.ma.us or www.registertovotema.com
  2. Unenrolled (independent) voters will need to choose which primary ballot type they want to vote on.
    • Voters who are registered in a particular party (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) MUST take that party ballot type - verify your party enrollment or change your party enrollment prior to deadline.
  3. Is my voter status "active"?
    • Per state law, voters must return their signed street list census forms annually to the City Clerk’s office to maintain an active voter status. Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote. Check you voter status online by clicking here.
  4. What is my voting Precinct?
    • Voters are strongly encouraged to know what precinct they will be voting in before arriving at the polls. A greeter who will be managing the lines and providing entrance authorization to maximize social distancing within the polls will have the ability to look up your precinct – but this will likely slow down lines at the polls. Check your precinct online by clicking here.  To find your polling place, please click here
  5. What will I be voting on?
    • Educated voters will reduce the amount of time necessary in the voting booths and reduce lines and crowding while voting.

Our Commitment to Keeping Voters Safe:

  • Voting Booths will be cleaned throughout the day
  • Sanitized pens will be provided to those who need to borrow one
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided

Every effort will be made to promote social distancing, including protecting the City Poll Workers ALL Poll Workers MUST:

  • Wear a Face Covering
  • Sanitize hand regularly
  • Work 6 ft. away
  • Provide clean voting environment
  • UV Sanitizer Wand pens and booths
  • Spray disinfectant regularly.