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Making a Plan for Voting

Tuesday, September 22, is National Voter Registration Day and we want to provide you with some important dates and links so that you and your family members can make sure you have a plan to vote in the upcoming election.

Register & Make a Plan to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts for November 3 election is Saturday, October 24, 2020. You can register to vote in MA and verify whether you are registered to vote here. You can also register to vote in any state, update your registration, or receive reminders about upcoming elections through the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics here. Deadline: October 24.

Once you’ve registered, the next step is to make your plan to vote in the November 3rd election. Will you (1) vote by mail, (2) vote in-person early, or (3) vote in-person on election day?


Voting by Mail

REQUEST A BALLOT
Massachusetts mailed vote-by-mail applications to residents, but if you still need one, you can download a PDF application here. If you would rather apply online, or if you are working out of state, you can use this Vote America tool to request a ballot be sent to where you are physically located. Massachusetts recommends that you request it as soon as possible, but not later than October 20. Applications received after October 28 cannot be accepted. Deadline: October 20 (earlier is better)

RETURN YOUR BALLOT
You can return your mail-in ballot as soon as you have filled it out. Ballots need to be postmarked on or before November 3 and must be back at your local election office no later than November 6. If you plan to vote by mail in MA, you can track your ballot using this linkDeadline: November 3 (earlier is better)


Voting in Person

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY:
The election takes place on Tuesday, November 3 and the polls are open from 7am to 8pm in Massachusetts. Your regular voting location may have changed due to COVID-19. You can find your Massachusetts voting location here. Deadline: November 3

VOTING EARLY:
Early voting in MA will take place from October 17 – October 30, 2020. Times and locations for early voting in Massachusetts will be posted here by October 9.  Early voting turnout is expected to be high. Deadline: October 30


Ways to Help

You can help foster a culture of civic engagement at Harvard University by exploring ways to engage on the Harvard Votes Challenge website or by connecting with your Harvard Votes Challenge Team: https://voteschallenge.harvard.edu/