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Frequently Asked Questions

What language access will Limited English Proficiency voters have?

Ballot applications, ballots, and other elections materials must be translated in specific municipalities. The Secretary of the Commonwealth will mail ballot applications in these municipalities in the required languages.

  • Voters can access elections materials in Spanish in: Boston, Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Revere, Southbridge, Springfield, Worcester.

  • Voters can access elections materials in Chinese in: Malden, Quincy.

  • Voters can access elections materials in Khmer in: Lowell.

How do voters who are experiencing homelessness or do not have an address vote?

Voters who are experiencing homelessness can request a ballot at an address of their choosing, such as a shelter address.

How will ballots be sent?

The Secretary of State is mailing all registered voters in Massachusetts an application for a mail ballot on July 15 and then again in the fall. Local election officials will send the ballots to voters.

Can voters still go to the polls?

Yes! There will be early voting in person as well as in person Election Day voting. However, because of COVID-19, there may be a limited number of polling places and/or long lines. We suggest that you vote by mail to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

When do we request ballots by? What happens if voters do not return their application by the indicated date? 

You must return the application by 4 business days before the election (Wednesday, August 26 or Wednesday, October 28). If you do not, you must vote in person.

If you do not return the mail ballot you receive, or if you are afraid it will not be received by Election Day, you can vote in person.

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