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Your Guide to Voting in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Brenna Roberts ‘21

Sports Editor

As college students, many of us are of age to vote in the upcoming election. This election is of great importance, for many reasons, but mainly because the future of our country and our freedom hangs in the balance. 

Voting for the first time can be intimidating– where do I go? what do I need to do?– and it can be hard to find accurate information across so many posts and news articles.

Below is a summary of the important information you need to know for the upcoming November 2020 election.

Massachusetts

Voter Registration Deadline: 10/24 (It can be postmarked by this day)

Early Voting Begins: 10/17 (locations will be posted here by 10/9)

Early Voting Ends: 10/30

The Deadline to Request a Mail-In/Absentee Ballot: 10/28**

Can you vote by mail without an excuse?: Yes

Can you vote by mail without a notary/witness?: Yes

Can you drop off your ballot in person?: Yes (and this is encouraged given current mail delays, so here is a list of drop box locations)

Can you vote early in person?: Yes, October 17-30.

Can you track your ballot online?: Yes

Can you vote without a photo ID?: Yes

Check our vote.org to find your polling location by your state! For any additional information and updated dates, you can go to the Sec of Commonwealth’s Twitter @SecretaryofMass.

New Hampshire

The rules are different and a bit more complicated for New Hampshire. New Hampshire Public Radio put together a comprehensive voting guide, but here is some select information:

Voter Registration Deadline: 10/21 by mail, but you can also register to vote on election day. If you register in person on election day, you need to provide evidence establishing identity, age, citizenship, and New Hampshire residency. 

Early Voting Begins: No early voting

Early Voting Ends: No early voting

The Deadline to Request a Mail-In Ballot: 11/2 (Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by Nov. 3 by 5:00 p.m)

Can you vote by mail without an excuse?: Yes and No. Any voter in New Hampshire who is concerned about Covid-19 can request an absentee ballot. Ballots can be requested here.

Can you track your ballot online?: Yes

Can you vote without a photo ID?: Yes, but if you do not have an ID you will likely have to sign an affidavit affirming your identity and be photographed by an election official. 

Most importantly, MAKE SURE YOU VOTE! It is your civic responsibility, and while you may not think your vote makes a difference, it does!