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In July 2020 the Massachusetts State Legislature provided three different options for voting during the COVID-19 pandeminc.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic any registered voter may vote by mail.
All mail in ballots include the following:
You may vote in this election as long as you are 18 years of age, on or before November 3, 2020 and are registered to vote. The last day to register to vote for this election is Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8 PM that evening. You may check your voter registration status on-line at the following link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx Please note that your voter registration status does not follow you if you have moved or if you have changed your last name. You must register at your new address or under your new name. Changing your address with the post office will not change your voter registration status.
If you recently registered to vote you should have, or will receive, a confirmation notice from the Town Clerk’s office confirming your registration and indicating your polling location. If you are not sure if you received a confirmation notice, you may check a your voting status using the following link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx or call the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 647-6430 Ext. 4 and any member of the staff will be able to help you.
There are several ways to register to vote:
You do not need to show identification to register to vote. However, you are required to provide identification information on the form; either the last four digits of your social security number, your Massachusetts driver’s license number or Massachusetts State ID number. If you do not have that information when you register to vote you will be asked to show identification at the polls the first time that you vote in that location. The identification required at the polls must include the address at which you are registered. You may only register to vote on-line if you have a valid MA drivers license or State ID.
No. You must re-register to vote in your new community. If you have moved within Natick you must register to vote at your new address. You must also re-register to vote if your last name has changed since you last registered even if your address did not change.
If you have moved within the last six (6) months and have not registered in your new community, you may vote at your previous address. If you moved more than six (6) months ago, you must register in your new community.
The polls will open at 7 AM in the morning and close at 8 PM in the evening. Anyone in line when the polls close at 8 PM will be able to vote.
If you registered to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you should receive a letter confirming your registration and your polling location. Please note: as of January 1, 2020 if you complete any business at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, you will automatically be registered to vote unless you opt out.If you are already registered your registration will remain the same. If you were not previously registered you will be registered as an unenrolled voter (not a member of a political party). Please note that this will not affect your ability to vote in a primary. These registrations are sent electronically through a statewide system. We urge you to call the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 647-6430 Ext. 4 to confirm your registration if you have not received a confirmation letter, or check your voter registration status at the following site: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx There may be a lag time before the forms from the Registry of Motor Vehicles are received in the Town Clerk’s office. Confirming your voter registration will facilitate voting.
Sample Ballots will be posted as soon as they are available.
Massachusetts does not have a voter ID law. The only time that you will be asked for identification is if you are a first time voter and did not provide identification information at the time you registered to vote or if you are an inactive voter. A voter may become inactive when they or the head of household does not return the Annual Town Census also known as the Street Listing which is mailed in January every year. An “inactive” voter will be asked for identification that shows that they live at the address at which they are registered and they will be asked to sign an affirmation of continuous residency. If you want to make sure that you are an active voter you may call the Town Clerk's office at (508) 647-6430 Ext 4 and any member of the staff will be able to help you. You may change your voter status from inactive to active by re-registering to vote or completing the Annual Town Census.
The link below allows you to enter your address to determine where you vote: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx You may also call the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 647-6430 Ext 4 and any member of the staff will be able to help you.
Citizens who are members of the military and are on active duty may vote as Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website has detailed voting information for members of the military at the following link: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemil/milidx.htm
The link below has very detailed information regarding voting for citizens who live either permanently or temporarily outside of the country and for voting for members of the military and their families: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemil/milidx.htm