2020 Election FAQs

Vote

How do I register to vote?
How do I know if I'm registered?
I want to vote by mail, how do I receive a ballot?
After I request an Early Voting Ballot, when will I receive it?
Once I receive my Early Voting Ballot, what do I do?
How do I return my Early Voting Ballot?
I’d like to do early voting in person, how do I do that?
If I’m allowed to vote in person and by mail, won’t my vote be counted twice?
Where do I vote on election day?
What precautions are being taken during in-person voting?

How do I register to vote?

  • Online: Register through the Voter Registration System on the Secretary of State website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/

  • By Mail: Download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/Voter-reg-mail-in.pdf. Print out form, sign it, and mail to the Town Clerk’s Office at 22 Monument Ave.

  • In Person: Visit the Town Clerk’s Office at 22 Monument Ave. on the first floor to register in person. The Town Clerk’s Office is also offering a Voter Registration session on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and from 6:00-8:00 PM.

  • The last day to register to vote for the state election is 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 24.

How do I know if I’m registered?

You can check your voter registration status on the Secretary of State website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

I want to vote by mail, how do I receive a ballot?

To vote by mail, you must first request an Early Voting Ballot. The last day to request a ballot is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

After I request an Early Voting Ballot, when will I receive it?

Any requests for an Early Voting Ballot prior to October 5 should be received by Friday, October 16. Generally, once an Early Voting Ballot request is received, the ballot will be mailed out within 3 business days. The last day to request an Early Voting Ballot is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

Once I receive my Early Voting Ballot, what do I do?

After you complete the Vote by Mail Application, you will receive an Early Voting ballot in the mail. Inside the envelope you receive is the following:

  1. Vote by Mail instructions
  2. Early Voting Ballot
  3. Early Ballot Envelope (yellow)
  4. Pre-paid Reply Envelope (white)

Follow the enclosed Vote by Mail instructions to complete the process. Don’t forget to place your Early Voting Ballot inside the Early Ballot Envelope and remember to seal and sign it. If the ballot is not received inside this envelope, it will not be counted. (Worried you forgot this step? Track your ballot here.)

How do I return my Early Voting Ballot?

  • Mail it back to the Town of Swampscott using the pre-paid envelope included with your Early Voting Ballot
  • Drop it off in the secure ballot box outside of Town Hall near the main entrance
  • Drop it off in the secure ballot box inside of Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s Office on the first floor

I’d like to do early voting in person, how do I do that?

Early voting will take place at Swampscott Town Hall on the following dates and times:

Saturday, October 17, 2020                         9AM to 2PM

Sunday, October 18, 2020                             9AM to 2PM

Monday, October 19, 2020                           9AM to 8PM

Tuesday, October 20, 2020                           9AM to 4PM

Wednesday, October 21, 2020                    9AM to 8PM

Thursday, October 22, 2020                         9AM to 4PM

Friday, October 23, 2020                               8AM to 12PM

Saturday, October 24, 2020                         9AM to 2PM                                                                           

Sunday, October 25, 2020                             9AM to 2PM

Monday, October 26, 2020                           9AM to 4PM

Tuesday, October 27, 2020                           9AM to 8PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2020                    9AM to 4PM

Thursday, October 29, 2020                         9AM to 8PM

Friday, October 30, 2020                               8AM to 12PM

If I’m allowed to vote in person and by mail, won’t my vote be counted twice?

NO. Your ballot is tracked electronically the day it comes in. Once a mail-in ballot or in-person ballot is received, no other ballots from that voter will be accepted. There is no way for votes to be counted twice.

Where do I vote on election day?

To view your precinct polling location, visit the Secretary of State website and search by address: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx
Please note, the polling location for Precincts 1 & 2 has been relocated from the Swampscott Senior Center to the cafeteria at Swampscott High School located at 200 Essex St.

What precautions are being taken during in-person voting?

We take COVID-19 social distancing precautions very seriously. During early voting and on Election Day, we will have the following protocols in place:

  • All voting booths will be placed at least 6-feet apart and continuously disinfected.
  • Voters are welcome to bring their own blue or black pen. If you take one from the Town Clerk, you may take the pen with you and do not need to return it
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to voters
  • Masks will be required (please note, that voters who cannot wear a mask for any reason will not be turned away).
  • We will limit the number of voters allowed in the room at a time.
  • Voters in line will remain 6-feet apart