Somerville Votes by Mail in 2020

Voting by mail is available to all voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year.

To vote by mail, all you need to do is:

  1. Complete a Vote by Mail Application;
  2. Deliver your application to the Elections Department. Applications can be mailed to 93 Highland Ave, Somerville MA 02143, or placed in a ballot drop box. Applications may also be submitted by fax (617) 625-5643 or e-mail, as long as your signature is visible;
  3. Vote when your ballot arrives;
  4. Return your ballot.

To ensure the timely delivery of your ballot, it is recommended that you submit your application for a November ballot no later than October 20. Applications received after October 28 cannot be accepted.

If you are returning your vote by mail ballot via a drop box, it must be in by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. If you are returning your ballot by mail, it will be counted if it is received by Friday, November 6, and has a postmark no later than November 3.

Apply early, in order to have enough time to return your ballot.

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Ballot applications can be mailed to 93 Highland Ave, Somerville MA 02143, or placed in a ballot drop box. Applications may also be submitted by fax (617) 625-5643 or e-mail, as long as your signature is visible. Please note: Electronic signatures are acceptable, but your signature has to be similar to your hand-written signature. You can sign your name on a computer or phone using a mouse, finger, or stylus. Typed signatures are not acceptable.

If you are not registered to vote, or need to update your address or party affiliation, you have until Saturday, October 24 to do so. Visit our Register to Vote page to learn more about your options for registering.

If you do not receive your vote by mail ballot application or misplace it, you can download one from the Elections Department website. You can also send a signed written request to the Somerville Elections Department indicating you would like a vote by mail ballot. Make sure to include your name, address, and where to mail your ballot. If you would like a State Primary ballot and you are not registered in a political party, make sure to include the party ballot you are requesting as well. You can also request an application by calling 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) or emailing [email protected].

For more information, view the FAQ below, visit sec.state.ma.us, or contact the Elections Office at (617) 625-6600 x4200.

  • Vote by Mail Ballot Application

  • Track My Ballot

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Ballot Drop Boxes

Ballot applications can be returned via the included pre-stamped and addressed envelope, by fax at 617-625-5643, or by scanning and emailing the application to [email protected], or by placing them in the drop box at the School St. entrance to City Hall. Please note: Electronic signatures are acceptable, but your signature has to be similar to your hand-written signature. You can sign your name on a computer or phone using a mouse, finger, or stylus. Typed signatures are not acceptable.

Vote by Mail Ballot Application

The State has set up an online ballot tracker:

If your ballot status is “pending,” that means Elections is processing your application and your ballot has not been mailed yet.

If your ballot status is “not returned,” that means Elections has mailed your ballot but not received it back yet.

Yes, you can vote in person as long as you have not otherwise submitted a ballot.

State law allows election workers to put ballots into voting machines ahead of election day, but no totals will generated until after the polls close on election night.

The State has set up an online ballot tracker.

If your ballot status is “pending,” that means Elections is processing your application and your ballot has not been mailed yet.

If your ballot status is “not returned,” that means Elections has mailed your ballot but not received it back yet.

A blue, metal ballot box with a lock, ballot slot, and yellow "Vote in the 'Ville" lettering in front of City Hall

The City of Somerville is giving residents the option to return their ballots and ballot applications using secure drop boxes like the one shown above.

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Thumbnail preview links to Google Map of ballot box locations

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, applications for ballots can also be placed in the boxes, but keep in mind that the deadline to request a ballot for the September 1 Primary Election is August 26.

Ballots and applications are collected daily.

The ballot drop boxes are made from 160 pounds of galvanized steel and anchored to concrete. When installing ballot drop boxes, we choose sites that are under video surveillance and/or are highly visible.

Yes, ballots can be dropped in the boxes on election day, but preferably not at the last minute.

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