How To Apply Online To Vote By Mail In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — For Massachusetts voters who want to cast their ballot by mail in the November election, but haven't yet requested their mail-in ballot, it's not too late.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said Wednesday that voters in Massachusetts can now apply for their Vote by Mail ballots online.

“This new portal is just one more way for voters to request their ballots by mail this year,” Galvin said. “This online system will be helpful for those voters who are away from home right now, and did not receive the Vote by Mail applications that were mailed to them recently.”

Voters who have not already applied for a November ballot may use the portal available at to request a ballot from their local election office. Before requesting the ballot, each voter will need to verify their voter registration information.

“My hope is that this new online portal will cut down on the time it takes for voters to apply for their ballots, by eliminating the need for a local election official to wait for the application to arrive in the mail,” Galvin said. “This will allow voters to get their ballots sooner and return them in plenty of time for them to be counted.”

Galvin’s office said it has been working to build a secure and accessible online ballot request portal since a new law was passed in early July which allows all registered voters to vote by mail this year. The same law allows voters to sign ballot applications electronically and to request ballots via an online portal provided by Galvin’s office.

Voters can cast their ballots in person during early voting, which starts October 17th through October 30th in Massachusetts. Early voting schedules and locations for each city and town will be posted at no later than October 9. Alternatively, voters can head to their local polling location for in-person voting on Election Day, November 3rd.

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