2021 Municipal Election Information
2021 Municipal Election
September 14, 2021 Preliminary
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chap. 54, Section 52, a sample ballot for the Municipal Preliminary on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 is posted below. The preliminary will be held for Ward 8 Councillor ONLY. This is not a city-wide election. Polls will be opened from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Absentee & Early Voting
According to state law passed in July 2021, no excuse voting by mail will be allowed in all local and state elections through December 15, 2021. Unlike voting by absentee ballot, a reason is not necessary to request a vote by mail ballot.
Absentee / vote by mail applications must be received by this office at least four business days prior to the election. To request an absentee / vote by mail ballot, submit a written request or download one of the applications below, include an original signature and submit to this office via mail, drop box, email, or fax at 781-388-0610.
- Absentee Ballot English (PDF)
- Vote by Mail English (PDF)
- Absentee Ballot Chinese (PDF)
- Vote by Mail Chinese (PDF)
Important Information for Ward 6 Voters
Effective June 8, 2021 voters of Ward 6, Precinct 1 will now utilize the Member's Room at Club 24, 787 Salem Street as their polling location.
The Secretary of State's Office granted approval of this new location on June 2, 2021. The recommendation then was approved by unanimous vote of the full City Council on June 8. Please follow this link to view the entire accessibility and evaluation report supporting Club 24 as a suitable polling location.
Voters of Ward 6, Precinct 2 will continue to vote, as they always have, in the Community Room at 630 Salem Street.
Malden's Municipal Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, 2021. If a Preliminary is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 14. Polls are open from 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
Nomination papers become available from the City Clerk's Office on Tuesday, May 4. The last day to pull papers is Friday, July 23, 2021.
For a complete list of pertinent deadlines regarding the 2021 election cycle, please see our calendars below.
This chart of candidates who have pulled nomination forms will be updated on a weekly basis from May 4 until August 10, the last day to file certified nomination papers with the City Clerk's Office. Click on image to view a larger PDF version.
Running for Office
Those interested in learning how to run for office in the City of Malden may view the candidate handbook. The material in this handbook was compiled from various election related sources, including the Massachusetts General Laws, Acts and Resolves of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, U.S. Postal Service Regulations, and City Council Orders. It is intended for general information and guidance only, and is not meant to replace reference to original sources.
The following brochure was produced by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance as an introductory guide for municipal candidates to the State's campaign finance law and is not a complete substitution for M.G.L., Chapter 55. It is the responsibility of all those participating in political campaign financing in Massachusetts to become knowledgeable with the provisions of the law and regulations. Violations of the law carry serious penalties of fines, imprisonment or both. Additional information may be found at the OCPF website.
M.G.L., Chapter 51, Section 6 states cities shall annually prepare lists containing the names and addresses of all persons seventeen years of age or older and provide such poll books to all duly organized political committees and political candidates. Such lists shall be made available to business organizations and other nonpolitical committees and organizations at a fee to be determined by said registrars.
2021 Poll Book
2020 Poll Book
The deadline to register or update voter status is twenty days before the election. The deadline for voter registration for the September Preliminary is August 25. The deadline for the November Election is October 13.
A representative of the City Clerk’s Office will remain available until 8:00 P.M. for voter registration on August 25th and October 13th. Alternatively, voter registration may be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by visiting www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/.