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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Massachusetts : Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Friday, May 22, 2020 3:14 PM ET

Important News

  • March 23, 2020 Official Update Vote By Mail Options Temporarily Expanded

    A new Massachussets law states that any eligible voter may vote early by mail for any annual or special municipal or state election held on or before June 30, 2020.

  • March 24, 2020 Official Update Special Elections Postponed

    Massachusetts has rescheduled two special elections in response to COVID-19. The special elections in the 2nd Hampden & Hampshire and Plymouth & Barnstable districts will now be held on May 19, 2020. The special elections in the 3rd Bristol & 37th Middlesex districts will now be held on June 2, 2020. All voters may utilize early voting by mail for these elections.

  • April 26, 2020 Official Update South Shore Towns Postpone Elections

    South Shore towns in Massachusetts with elections scheduled for April and May have postponed the elections due to COVID-19. Most of the towns will reschedule the elections in June. The postponing of these elections is allow by the Massachusetts legislature which granted municipalities the ability to postpone these elections in the interest of public health and safety. 

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    State Primary Election Day

  2. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote with an absentee ballot icon. How to vote with an absentee ballot in Massachusetts

Although Massachusetts generally does not allow no-excuse absentee voting, the state has temporarily broadened the qualifications for requesting an absentee ballot in light of COVID-19 for any election held on or before June 30, 2020. The state has not yet made a similar change for the November election. 

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Massachusetts

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
  • Hand raised icon. Volunteer to help with elections in your community

    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


  • Speech buble with checkmark icon. Ask Legislators to take Action for Safe Elections

    Common Cause Massachusetts is encouraging individuals to send a message to their legislators asking for expanded absentee balloting rules, automatically mailing absentee ballots to all eligible voters, Election Day voter registration, and in-person voting options that are as safe as possible.

    Take Action

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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.