The following is a press release from the Town of Ashland
ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland Town Clerk’s Office diligently prepares for the upcoming State Election with the new early voting by mail guidelines provided by the Governor Baker’s signed legislation, Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020.
You have three options to vote. You may vote by mail (this is encouraged due to COVID-19), vote early in person during the times below, or vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 3, 2020, at the Ashland High School located on 65 East Union Street, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The early voting times at Ashland’s Town Hall are as follows:
Saturday, October 17 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 18 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday, October 19 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, October 20 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 21 – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 22 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday, October 23 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, October 24 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 25 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday, October 26 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 28 – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 29 – 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday, October 30 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Closed
COVID-19 precautions are in place for in-person voting. Voters must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. Town of Ashland staff and volunteers will wipe down each voting station in-between voters.
The deadline to register to vote for the Presidential (State) Election is Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Due to the COVID-19 the situation, we urge you to register to vote online with a valid Massachusetts ID using this website, https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/.
Additionally, if you have not returned your 2020 census, you may be required to provide proof of address in order to vote.
Early Voting by mail is available to all registered voters in Ashland for this election. Due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we all abide to social distancing practices, early voting by mail is the easiest and the safest way to vote. It is strongly encouraged that all voters take advantage of this opportunity.
All registered voters opting to vote by mail ballot, must fill out an application and return to Ashland Town Clerk’s Office, for the Presidential Election, before 5 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
Applications can be returned by Mail, placed in the new ballot drop box located outside of town hall (101 Main Street), or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Secretary of State’s Office distributed postcards soliciting voters to request a mail-in ballot the week of July 13th. If you did not return your postcard or did not choose the November 3rd Election, you will be receiving another postcard in the mail around September 16th. These postcards are postage paid and can be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office.
Please note, all voted ballots may be placed in the new ballot box outside of Town Hall. Please ensure your signature is on the ballot envelope. Do not fold your ballot in the ballot box. The creases may jam the ballot machines.
Ballots MAY NOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day.
They must be returned to the Town Clerks office for processing before they are delivered by Town Clerks staff to the polls on Election Day.
Voters who have applied for a vote by mail ballot may track the status of their application as well as their ballot status (mailed / received back). Voters can use this link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx.
The Clerk’s office anticipates a large volume of applications (there are over 12,000 voters in Ashland) and request you allow at least 2 weeks before checking the status of your application and allow a minimum of 10 days to receive your ballot from the status date of mailing. Please, do not contact the Town Clerk’s Office to check on your status until the recommended amount of time listed above has passed. Inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com.