Early Voting FAQ

EARLY VOTING (by Mail or In person) FAQ:

When can I vote early in person?

In person early voting hours for the September 1, 2020 Primary Election:

Early voting for the September 1, 2020 Primary Election will be held Saturday, August 22nd through August 28th.  Times are to be determined at a later date.

In person early voting hours for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election:

Early voting for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election will be held Saturday, October 17th through October 30th. Times are to be determined at a later date.

If I applied for a vote by mail ballot can 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 received back to 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 received back 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 can 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.

When & how is an early voter's ballot cast?

All vote by mail and early voting in person ballots will be opened by trained election staff in bulk and unexamined.  They are then deposited into a tabulator before election day or fed through the tabulators at the polls on election day.  The ballot envelopes are kept separate from the ballots.

More information on how Ashland intends to process these ballots will be available after the Secretary of State provides regulations on processing ballots before Election day.