Don’t Wait, Make Your Plan to Vote in This Fall’s Election

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The right to vote underpins every other right we have. This year, we face four interlocking crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic recession, the reckoning with systemic racism, and the consequences of climate change. And with the death of the iconic trailblazer Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the future of the Supreme Court and its adherence to justice and the rule of law is now front and center as well.

“This election is about electing real leaders at all levels of government who will get COVID-19 under control so we can get back to school safely. It’s about investing in our recovery, not cutting public services that our students, families, and communities depend on,” said AFT Massachusetts Beth Kontos. “It’s about ensuring fair, unbiased federal courts that will uphold women’s rights and protect our access to affordable healthcare. This election is truly important, and with new election laws in place during the pandemic, it’s important that all AFT Massachusetts members make a plan – soon – for how you will cast your ballot.”

Election Day is November 3, but especially if you’re planning to vote by mail, you should make a plan now. Here’s what you need to know to vote this fall:

Check your voter registration: You can check your voter registration status here, and you can register to vote or update your address here. You must be registered by Oct. 24 to vote in the general election.

Apply to Vote By Mail: In July, voters were mailed an application to vote by mail, which must be filled out and sent back to your local election office by October 28 if you want to receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election. If you haven’t received an application, you can request one here.

Return Your Ballot: You can return your ballot two ways: if you’re mailing your ballot, use the return envelope that was provided with the ballot. If you’re hand-delivering your ballot, you can drop it off at your local election office or in an official ballot return drop-box. Find their locations here.

For the General Election, your ballot must be mailed by November 3, 2020 and received by November 6, 2020. You can track your ballot using the Secretary of State’s website. If it is not received by September 1, 2020 you may vote in person instead.

Or Vote in Person:

Early Voting is available from October 17, 2020 to October 30, 2020. You can find early voting schedules and locations for each city and town here. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

AFT Massachusetts Endorsed Candidates

The AFT Massachusetts Executive Board has endorsed US Senator Ed Markey for reelection, and endorsed Joe Biden for President. AFT has compiled a comparison of the presidential candidates' views and proposals here.

We’ve also endorsed Question 2 on the statewide ballot (Ranked Choice Voting) as well as many candidates for US Congress, State Senate, and State Representative, listed below.

“These candidates have shown strong support for public education and deserve your vote this fall,” said President Kontos. “We also urge a ‘Yes’ vote on Question 2, which would allow Massachusetts voters the choice to rank candidates for office in the order they prefer them, giving voters a stronger voice when we cast our ballots and ensuring that the winners of our elections have majority support.”

US House of Representatives

Katherine Clark -- William Keating -- James McGovern -- Richard Neal -- Ayanna Pressley -- Lori Trahan

Massachusetts State Senate

Joe Boncore -- Michael Brady -- Harriet Chandler -- Sonia Chang-Diaz -- Nick Collins -- Brendan Crighton -- John Cronin -- Julian Cyr -- Salvatore DiDomenico -- Diana DiZoglio -- Jamie Eldridge -- Paul Feeney -- Anne Gobi -- Adam Gomez -- Adam Hinds -- Pat Jehlen -- John Keenan -- Edward Kennedy -- Jason Lewis -- Joan Lovely -- Susan Moran -- Patrick O'Connor -- Marc Pacheco -- Becca Rausch -- Michael Rush -- Karen Spilka -- Walter Timilty -- John Velis

Massachusetts House of Representatives

Christine Barber -- David Biele -- Antonio Cabral -- Pete Capano -- Gerald Cassidy -- Tacky Chan -- Michael Connolly -- Marjorie Decker -- Emmanuel Dockter -- Carol Doherty -- Paul Donato -- Michelle DuBois -- Christina Eckert -- Nika Elugardo -- Teresa English -- Denise Garlick -- James Hawkins -- Natalie Higgins -- Vanna Howard -- Kay Kahn -- Patrick Kearney -- Michael Kushmerek -- Kathy LaNatra -- John Lawn -- Jack Lewis -- Liz Malia -- Joan Meschino -- Aaron Michlewitz -- Elizabeth Miranda -- Rady Mom -- James Murphy -- Tram Nguyen -- Maria Robinson -- David Rogers -- Jon Santiago -- Danillo Sena -- Thomas Stanley -- Paul Tucker -- Steven Ultrino --  Erika Uyterhoeven -- Andres Vargas -- Thomas Vitolo