Vote 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
All mail-in ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by the close of polls on the day of the election – a postmark is not sufficient. Absentee ballots may be mailed or hand-delivered by a family member. Please be sure to allow enough time for the mailing of your application and your ballot.