2020 Election Information

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2020 General Election

General Election Vote in Person

If you wish to vote in the General Election in person, please visit your normal poling location on Tuesday, November 3rd 2020 between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Vote by Mail

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Massachusetts legislature has approved no-excuse Vote By Mail for all 2020 elections. Complete the application and mail, email, or bring it to the Elections Department, and once ballots are ready we will mail you one to complete. Residents have the option to track the status of their ballots to see if they have been mailed or received.  

For November 3 General Election ballots, the application to Vote By Mail must arrive by October 28th.  We will then mail your ballot, with complete instructions, that you may fill out and return to us. Hand delivered ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Election Day. Ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3rd and received by November 6th. 

All 2020 Vote By Mail ballot packages will include a pre-addressed, postage pre-paid return envelope for you to use to return to this office. Ballots may also be hand delivered to drop boxes located in front of City Hall at 215 Pleasant Street, the Police Station at 800 Eastern Avenue, and at the Senior Center Auditorium at 7 Washington Street during Early Voting hours in October. 

Early Voting in Person

In-person early voting for the General Election will be held October 17-30 at the Senior Community Center located at 7 Washington Street during the following hours:

Daily Schedule
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots must be requested in writing at least 4 business days before Election Day. Applications are available online, but any written request is acceptable if it has your signature on it, or the signature of a member of your family who has making the request on your behalf. Or you may visit the Secretary of State's new Vote By Mail portal to apply electronically. 

Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or by fax to 781-388-0610. Applications may be sent as PDFs or JPEG's so long as they contain wet signatures made by pen, mouse, stylus, or finger. Typed signatures are not acceptable.

If you would like an absentee ballot application mailed to you, you may call the City Clerks office at 781-397-7116 or email elections@cityofmalden.org

Need an Accommodation Due to a Disability 

If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please visit the State's Accessible Electronic Vote by Mail page. This system allows voters with disabilities to receive their ballot electronically, mark their ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology, print their marked ballot, and mail or hand-deliver it to their local election official to be counted. The law requires all ballots must be printed and does not allow for ballots of this manner to be returned electronically.

For further information please contact an Accessible Vote by Mail Coordinator at AVBM@sec.state.ma.us or by calling 617-727-2828 from 8:45 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Voter Registration 

The deadline to register or update voter status is ten days before the election. The deadline for voter registration for the November 3, 2020 election is Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Important Election FAQs


  • Will there be officials or law enforcement watching me vote?
    • No. Although state law mandates that a uniformed Police Officer be present at the poling location, they are only present to maintain overall order of the precinct. In a recent press release by the Massachusetts Attorney General, the issue of the presence of law enforcement at the polls was addressed.  The advisory was intended to make clear to Massachusetts voters that their right to vote, and to do so free from intimidation or harassment is protected.

      Although there are permissible forms of election monitoring that are allowable under the law, the President cannot send federal law enforcement, the military or local law enforcement to monitor the polls.
  • I am planning to vote in person.  Is there anything different about poling locations from previous elections and primaries?
    • NO.  If you haven’t taken advantage of early voting, simply show up to your normal poling location between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM on the General Election Day on November 3rd.  Please remember to practice social distancing and please wear a mask.
  • If I still have my Vote By Mail ballot, am I still able to turn that in at City Hall?
    • YES.  Malden City Hall at 215 Pleasant St. (the new City Hall) will be open until 8:00 PM for residents to turn in their Vote By Mail ballots on the General Election Day on November 3rd. Ballots may also be hand delivered to drop boxes located in front of City Hall at 215 Pleasant Street, the Police Station at 800 Eastern Avenue, and at the Senior Center Auditorium at 7 Washington Street during Early Voting hours in October.  
  • If I request a Vote By Mail ballot, can I change my mind and vote in person?
    • MAYBE. Once your ballot has been returned and accepted by this office, you cannot take it back or vote again. If you request a Vote By Mail ballot but do not return it, you can vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. 
  • What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
    • If you make a mistake on your ballot, you may request a new one and the first ballot will be marked as 'spoiled'. No voter will be issued more than two replacement ballots so please be very careful in reading and filling in choices.
  • Can I bring materials into the polling place?
    • Yes. You may bring materials into the voting booth. You may bring pre-printed brochures, pamphlets, or your own notes but those materials may not be displayed to others while you are in the polling location. You must take all materials with you when leaving the voting booth.
  • Can I be accompanied in the polling place?
    • Yes. Any voter may be accompanied by another person in the voting booth in the event they require assistance with reading or filling out the  ballot. 
  • If I mailed my Vote By Mail ballot using the U.S. Mail and think that it won’t be received in time, does my postmark qualify my ballot as “on time”?
    • YES.  All ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and must reach your local election official by November 6, 2020 in order to be counted. If you aren’t certain that your ballot was received, the best thing to do is to either track your ballot status or call the City Clerk's office at 781-397-7116 to confirm if the ballot was received or not. 
  • What if I have been admitted to a Health Care Facility and cannot get to the polls to vote?
    • If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 7 days of an election, or you have been instructed by a medical professional or public health official to self- quarantine in your home within 7 days of an election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone to pick up your emergency absentee ballot, deliver it to you, and return it to your local election official.

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