MASSACHUSETTS

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Before October 14, 2020

Register to Vote!

Find more information here https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/ or at https://www.vote.org/.

Before November 2, 2020

If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you may submit an application or a signed letter to your local election official. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a family member, be sure to submit the request to the voter's local election official.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by your local election office by 12 PM on the day before the election.

Polls Close on Tuesday November 3, 2020

The ballot must be delivered back to your election official before 8 PM on Election Day.

 

DEADLINES

 

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx or at vote.org.

2.

Request an Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee ballots must be requested in writing by either the voter or the voter's family member. For convenience, absentee ballot applications may be downloaded from this page; however, any written communication evidencing a desire for an absentee ballot is acceptable. If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you may submit an application or a signed letter to your local election official. If you are requesting an absentee ballot for a family member, be sure to submit the request to the voter's local election official.

Absentee ballot applications must be received by your local election office by 12 p.m. on the day before the election, unless the day before the election is a holiday or a Sunday, in which case the application must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the last business day before the election. Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered (this may have the fastest processing time). Applications may also be submitted electronically by fax or e-mail, as long as the requester’s signature is visible. Please allow ample mailing time for this application and for the ballot.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help deliver materials to you.

3.

Obtain Your Ballot

Your application will be delivered to you by mail or in-person, if you send a family member representative to your local election official to deliver your absentee ballot application.

4.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

5.

Drop Off your Absentee Ballot

The ballot must be delivered back to your election official before 8 PM on Election Day. Please allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return the ballot by Election Day.

 

HOSPITALS

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Representatives:

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PATIENT VOTING TEAM

DEREK MONETTE, MD

Emergency Physician @ MGH

Representing

Massachusetts

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

 

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STATE LAW

Massachusetts

ALM GL ch. 54, § 89

Voters admitted to the hospital after noon on the fifth day before an election can apply for an absentee ballot until the polls close.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

For upcoming elections, a new law has been passed clarifying that any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority shall be deemed to be unable by reason of physical disability to cast their vote in person at a polling location. More information can be found here.

 

You qualify for an absentee ballot due to physical disability if:

  • You are ill;

  • You are confined to your home because you may transmit infection; or

  • You cannot leave your home because you are a member of a population vulnerable to illness;

  • You are staying in your home or avoiding your polling place as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19.

 

The law has also been updated to allow early voting by mail for any election held on or before June 30th. Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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