Photo: A sample of the ‘Vote By Mail’
Planning to vote in the State Primary Sept. 1 or the Presidential Election Nov. 3?
This is certainly a different election season and different behavior will help to keep us all safe and guarantee your ballot gets counted on Election Day. The Massachusetts Legislature voted new entitlements in the Election Laws that allow all registered voters to vote by mail, with no excuse necessary.
Every registered voter of Belmont who had not already filed an application to receive an Absentee Ballot or Early Voting Ballot by mail for the fall elections was mailed a postcard last week by the Commonwealth.
Ellen Cushman, Belmont’s Town Clerk, encourages all Belmont voters to consider voting early by mail, instead of going to the polls on Election Day. Every voted ballot received by the deadline will be counted in the official election results.
The postcard to “Vote by Mail” is pre-printed with the voter’s name and voter ID and is intended to make requesting a Vote by Mail ballot extraordinarily simple. The voter can choose to receive a ballot for the Presidential Election only or the State Primary only, or both.
Voters wanting to vote in the State Primary must indicate the party ballot for us to send: Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, or Libertarian. If no choice is made, no ballot can be sent. The voter must sign the card to receive a ballot.
How to Get Your Vote by Mail Card to Us
Once you’ve made your selections and signed your card, there are a few ways to get it to the Town Clerk’s office so your ballot can be mailed to you.
- The preferred method is to use our Town Clerk drop box located at the base of the stairs to Town Hall at parking lot level. We empty the box frequently and you will be certain of the date we received your application/postcard.
- You can drop the postcard at the Post Office or a US Mailbox. The card is already postage-paid and will be delivered to us once processed and sorted by the Post Office. Be aware that this can take several days.
Please consider filing your Vote by Mail postcard now; ballots are mailed out in the order that we receive the requests so the later requests squeeze the time allowed for you to receive and return your ballot to us.
If You Didn’t Receive a Post Card but Want to Vote by Mail
Registered voters who already have valid requests to receive an absentee ballot or an early voting ballot would not receive the new postcard. Voters can confirm that they have a valid current request by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections site: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx
Application forms to request a Vote by Mail Ballot or an Absentee Ballot are also available on the Town Clerk pages on the Town of Belmont website: https://www.belmont-ma.gov/town-clerk and select the link on the left of page. These applications, containing the voter’s information and signature, can be emailed to Voting@Belmont-ma.gov or faxed to 617-993-2601.
In Person Early Voting dates and hours have not yet been established; stay tuned for updated bulletins.
The Town Clerk and the Board of Registrars of Voters Encourages All Belmont Voters to take advantage of Vote By Mail to keep Belmont voters and Belmont election workers safe. If you have any questions, please email voting@Belmont-ma.gov or call the Town Clerk’s office at 617-993-2603. All voted ballots received by the Town Clerk by the deadline will be counted.
Register to Vote Now if You Aren’t Already Registered to Vote in Belmont
Voter registration, and change of party deadlines:
- August 22 to be eligible to vote in the Sept. 1 State Primary
- October 24 to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 Presidential Election
Once you’re registered to vote and remain at the same address, there is no need to register again.
To register to vote, or change your voting address, party affiliation or name, to find out whether and where you are already registered, or where you vote, visit: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com