2020 Anticipated Election Dates
|ELECTION||DAY OF ELECTION||DEADLINE TO REGISTER|
|Presidential Primary||Tuesday, March 3, 2020||Wednesday, February 12, 2020|
|Annual Town Election||POSTPONED APRIL 4, 2020 -|
NEW DATE IS JUNE 20, 2020
POLLING HOURS 10 AM TO 4 PM
|EXTENDED LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020|
|State Primary||Tuesday, September 1, 2020||Saturday, August 22, 2020|
|Presidential Election||Tuesday, November 3, 2020||Saturday, October 24, 2020|
Voting by Mail
On July 6, 2020 the Governor signed off on House Bill No. 4820 An Act Relative to Voting Options in Response to COVID-19. The new law passed allows all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail in any 2020 election, with no excuse needed.
As required by the new law, a Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1, 2020 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the 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 Town Clerk’s Office and no postage will be required.
Vote by Mail applications must be delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office no later than 4 (four) business days before the election. For a State Primary ballot, your application must be received by the Town Clerk’s Office no later than Wednesday, August 26, 2020 by 5:00 pm. For a State/Presidential Election ballot, your application must be received by the Town Clerk’s Office no later than Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by 5:00 pm.
Please be sure to include your name and address, the election(s) for which you are requesting a ballot, and your signature. If you need the ballot mailed somewhere other than your home, be sure to provide that address.
You may find more information on voting by mail on the State Elections Division Voting by Mail FAQs page.
Applications for absentee ballots are available to be downloaded and printed, but you may also request an absentee ballot by writing a letter the Town Clerk’s Office, if you do not have access to a printer. Be sure to include your name and address, the election(s) for which you are requesting a ballot, and your signature. If you need the ballot mailed somewhere other than your home, be sure to provide that address.
APPLY EARLY - to allow ample time for processing your application and for the postal services to deliver your ballot to you. Completed absentee and early ballot applications must be submitted Town Clerk’s Office, 20 Centre Street, Middleborough, MA 02346. Applications may be mailed, hand-delivered to Town Hall drop box at 10 Nickerson Avenue (Town Hall parking lot drop box), faxed to (508) 946-2308, or emailed to email@example.com. If you are emailing your application, you must be able to send an image of the application as an attachment, either by scanning it or by taking a picture of it. A hand-written signature must be visible.
If I applied for a vote by mail ballot may I appear to vote in person at an early voting site or at the polls on Election Day?
If your vote by mail ballot has not been returned or received by the Town Clerk’s Office – YES, you may still appear to vote in person at the polls on Election Day. These voters will be required to complete additional paperwork and will need to show an ID. Should your mail in ballot be received after you voted early in person or at the polls on Election Day that ballot will be rejected and will not be counted.
If a vote by mail ballot has already been returned and received by the Town Clerk’s Office – NO. A returned vote by mail ballot is considered cast and you will not be eligible to vote by mail, early in person or in person at the polls on Election Day.
If I vote early in person may I appear to vote in person at the polls on Election Day?
NO - If you appeared to vote early in person your ballot will be considered cast and you will not be eligible to vote by mail, or in person at the polls on Election Day. Voting in Person at the Polls after submitting an early ballot is prohibited as outlined in 950 CMR 4 7.19.
TRACK YOUR APPLICATION AND BALLOT
Voters who have applied for a vote by mail ballot may use the following link to track the status of their application as well as their ballot status http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//track/trackmyballot.aspx.
Please note that we anticipate a large volume of applications (there are over 17,000 voters in Middleborough) and request you allow at least 2 weeks before checking the status of your application and allow a minimum of 10 days to receive your ballot from the status date of mailing. Please do not contact the Town Clerk's Office to check on your status until the recommended amount of time listed above has passed. Inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
RETURN OF VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTSMailed ballots include a postage pre-paid return ballot envelope that is addressed to the Town Clerk's Office. You may return your ballot by mail (please see deadlines below) or hand deliver your ballot to Town Clerk’s Office, 20 Centre Street, 1st Floor or Town Hall drop box at 10 Nickerson Avenue (Town Hall parking lot drop box), (deadline is close of polls on Election Day). Ballots may NOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day - they must be returned to the Town Clerk's Office for processing before they are delivered by Town Clerk's staff to the polls to be cast on 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.
Deadlines for ballots to be returned and counted
State Primary - All ballots must be received at Town Clerk’s Office by 8PM on September 1st
NOTICE REGARDING NOMINATION PAPERS FOR STATE ELECTIONS
Nomination papers for offices on the September and November ballots requiring certification by the Town of Middleborough will be accepted via mail c/o Town Clerk’s Office, 20 Centre Street or in the Town drop box located in the Town Hall parking lot at 10 Nickerson Avenue. Please be certain to include the name and contact information for the filer and a self-addressed envelope for nomination papers to be returned.
The Town of Middleborough has 4 polling locations:
Oak Point Club House
202 Oak Point Drive
Middleborough, MA 02346
Precincts 2, 4, 6
Middleborough High School Gymnasium
71 E Grove Street
Middleborough, MA 02346
South Middleborough Fire Station
566 Wareham Street
Middleborough, MA 02346
Council on Aging
558 Plymouth Street
Middleborough, MA 02346
- The polling hours for State Elections / Primaries: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The polling hours for Presidential Elections: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The polling hours for June 20, 2020 Annual Town Election will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to health crisis.
Chief Election Official
The Town Clerk is the Chief Election Official and is authorized by state law to administer elections and elections-related functions. In addition to the Town Clerk, the Town of Middleborough has three Registrars of Voters who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen, each serving a three-year term. The Registrars of Voters must always represent each of the two leading political parties. The daily administration of elections processes is managed by the Town Clerk.