How to Vote by Mail

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VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION AND BALLOT DEADLINES

Election
Vote by Mail 
Application Deadline
Vote by Mail
Ballot Deadline
City Preliminary
September 14, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021,
5 p.m.
September 14, 2021,
8 p.m.
City Election
November 2, 2021
Wednesday, October 27. 2021,
5 p.m.
November 2, 2021,
8 p.m.

PLEASE Note: Vote by mail ballots cannot be returned to the polling locations on Election Day.


If you previously applied to vote by mail for the preliminary City election you do not need to reapply for the November 2 City election
 
Vote by mail and absentee ballots will be mailed the week of October 12.


Vote by Mail Applications

As required by the new law, a Vote By Mail application can be submitted by any Framingham voter who had not already requested an Absentee ballot for the November 2, 2021, City Election. You may drop off the application at the City Clerk’s Office, email it to cityclerk@framinghamma.gov or place it in the secure official election ballot drop box located in the rear of the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street or McAuliffe Library, 746 Water Street.

If you wish to vote by mail, you are strongly encouraged to return your application as early as possible to ensure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it before the close of polls on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Applications require the voter’s signature and a phone number in the event of any questions. The signature must be visible and signed in substantially the same manner as a handwritten signature. This includes applications signed with a mouse, stylus, or finger. Applications with typed signatures or no signatures will not be accepted.

All vote by mail applications must be received in the City Clerk’s Office, Room #105, by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  

How to obtain Vote by Mail Application

To obtain a Vote By Mail Application, click here. You may also contact the City Clerk at 508-532-5521 or email cityclerk@framinghamma.gov and one will be sent to you.

HOW TO return your vote by mail ballot

Once you receive your ballot, please return it as soon as possible to ensure that it arrives in time to be counted. Ballots CANNOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day.

Residents have three options to return a completed ballot:

1) Return by Mail 

A return ballot envelope that is addressed to the Town Clerk's Office is included in your vote by mail package. Place your ballot in the envelope, seal it, place the proper postage on the return envelope and drop it in the mail. Postage is NOT prepaid.   

2) Return In-Person

You may return your vote by mail ballot in-person to the City Clerk's Office, 150 Concord Street, Room #105.

3) Use Official Election Ballot Drop Box

Ballots can be dropped off in the secure official election drop boxes located in the rear of the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street, and at the McAuliffe Branch Library, 746 Water Street. 

How is an early voter's ballot cast? 

All returned vote by mail ballots will be kept secured, unopened and unexamined in a fire-proof vault in the Memorial Building until Election Day. All ballots will be delivered by police or city clerk staff to the appropriate precinct and inserted into a tabulator at the polls on election day.

What if I registered to vote by mail but I did not return my ballot prior to election day?

Voters who receive a vote by mail ballot but do not return it prior to Election Day may appear to vote in person to cast a ballot on Election Day. Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot is not permitted to appear to vote in person on Election Day.

if I voted by mail can I vote in person on election day? 

Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot is not permitted to appear to vote in person on Election Day.