VOTE: Election 2020
Massachusetts
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45 a.m.


ID Requirements
Identification is not required in most cases.

However, voters will be asked to show ID in the following circumstances:

You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election;
You are an inactive voter;
You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Massachusetts?
Yes! All voters will be sent a mail-in ballot application, or you can apply online.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 28th.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov. 3), and received by your local election office on or before Nov. 6th.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 17

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/24.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/24.

Massachusetts does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

The address will only be used to determine which districts you are a part of. SmartNews will not store your address or use it for any other reason.

Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Massachusetts

Biography

Edward J. Markey (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. He assumed office on July 16, 2013. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Markey (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Massachusetts. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Markey previously was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District. Markey was first elected to the House in a 1976 special election replacing Rep. Tobert Macdonald after his death. Markey also previously served Massachusetts' 7th congressional district, but due to 2010 redistricting he represented district 5 until he won his Senate seat.

Prior to his election to the House, Markey served in the United States Military Reserves from 1968-1973. Markey is also a co-president of Parliamentarians for Nuclear-Nonproliferation and Disarmament, a nonpartisan forum designed to enhance discussions on legislation for nuclear disarmament. During his time as a senator and house representative, he pressed Congress to reduce the nuclear weapons budget so that funds could be diverted towards other sectors, such as education.

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Initiatives

Massachusetts Question 1
"Right to Repair Law" Vehicle Data Access Requirement Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported requiring manufacturers that sell vehicles with telematics systems in Massachusetts to equip them with a standardized open data platform beginning with model year 2022 that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access to retrieve mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mobile-based application.

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A "no" vote opposed requiring vehicles beginning with model year 2022 to be equipped with a standardized open data platform that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access to retrieve mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mobile-based application, thereby maintaining that vehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access mechanical and diagnostic data through a personal computer.

Massachusetts Question 2
Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supported enacting ranked-choice voting (RCV) for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state legislators, federal congressional and senate seats, and certain county offices beginning in 2022.

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A "no" vote opposed changing the existing plurality voting system to ranked-choice voting for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state legislators, federal congressional and senate seats, and county offices.