Somerville: Keep an Eye on Your Mailbox: Vote by Mail Ballot Applications Are Coming


All Massachusetts voters will be able to vote by mail in both the September 1 State primary and the November 3 general election this year. By July 15, the Secretary of State will mail all eligible voters (who have not already requested an absentee ballot) a vote by mail ballot application. Voters can use that application to apply for a ballot for the primary election, general election, or both. Please note that in-person voting is also an option for both elections.

Applications for a September 1 primary election ballot must be returned to the City of Somerville Elections Department by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26. However, we do encourage you to return your ballot application to the Somerville Elections Department as quickly as you can after you receive it.

Ballot applications can be returned by mail (they will come pre-addressed and voters do not have to pay postage), by fax at 617-625-5643, or by scanning and emailing the application to Please note: Electronic signatures are acceptable, but your signature has to be similar to your hand-written signature. You can sign your name on a computer or phone using a mouse, finger, or stylus. Typed signatures cannot be accepted.

If you are not registered to vote, or need to update your address or party affiliation, you have until Saturday, August 22, to do so. Visit to learn more about your options for registering. Anyone who registers to vote between July 1 and August 22 will be sent a vote by mail ballot application with their registration acknowledgment notice.

If you do not receive your vote by mail ballot application or misplace it, you can download one from the Elections Department website. You can also send a signed written request to the Somerville Elections Department indicating you would like a vote by mail ballot. Make sure to include your name, address, and where to mail your ballot. If you would like a State Primary ballot and you are not registered in a political party, make sure to include the party ballot you are requesting as well. You can also request an application by calling 1-800-462-VOTE (8683) or emailing

For more information, view the Voting by Mail FAQ at, or contact the Elections Office at (617) 625-6600 x4200 or

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