If you are voting in person on Election Day, November 3, 2020, the voting process may look and feel differently this year than in past elections. All voting locations will be set up to allow for social distancing. The number of voters allowed inside the polling place at any time will be limited, to avoid crowding. This means that you may need to wait in line outside your polling place before entering. Voters in line should remain distanced from one another while they are waiting, which may have the effect of making the lines seem longer than usual. Please be patient with poll workers as they work to ensure that you are able to vote quickly and safely.
Safety Guidelines are in place
All commonly touched surfaces will be sanitized between uses.
While pens will be provided to mark your ballot, which will be frequently sanitized, you may bring your own black pen with you to mark your ballot.
Where to go
Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. In-person voting the day of the Presidential Election will take place at each Blackstone precinct from 7AM to 8PM.
When it comes to safety, voters and election workers will be encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing at the polls.
Precinct 1: Senior Center (lower level) Town Hall
15 St. Paul Street
Precinct 2: St. Theresa’s Church (parish hall)
630 Rathbun Street
Precinct 3: Main Meeting Room (upper level) Town Hall
15 St. Paul Street
Voting in Person: What to Know and What to bring
Please DO NOT go to the POLLS if you have COVID-19, are feeling sick, or waiting for COVID-19 test results. Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (508)-883-1500 Ext. 116 for voting options from home.
• Wear a Face Covering – Per Governor Baker’s Order, face coverings will be required to enter or use any City facilities.
• Voters can bring their own pen – Blue or Black ink – Sharpie or Paper Mate Flair recommended (machines will not read red ink/highlighters; pencil/crayons cause issues with tabulator breakdowns).
• Bring an ID – You may be asked to show identification when you check-in at your polling place for any of the following reasons:
You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election;
You are an inactive voter;
You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.
Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. Examples of acceptable identification include: a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed identification which contains the voter’s name and address. View more information about identification requirements here.
Voters without ID: If you’re a first-time voter who is unable to present ID when you check in, you may vote a provisional ballot and return with acceptable ID by close of polls. If you’re asked for ID for any other reason, and are not able to present ID in such a situation, you must still be permitted to vote; however, your ballot must be challenged. Your ballot will be cast normally, and will only be re-examined in the case of a recount, court order, or audit.
- Don’t touch your face
- Maintain Social Distancing – keep a distance of at least 6’ from others
- Keep your ballot dry and free from hand sanitizers – Do not use hand sanitizer while handling your ballot and be sure your voting booth is dry as it will cause issues for the ballot tabulator.
Frequently Asked Questions
I do not know if I am registered to vote. Where can I check this?
I am not registered to vote. Can I register on Election Day?
No. Massachusetts does not offer registration on Election Day.
How is an Early Voter’s Ballot Cast?
All vote by mail and early voting in person ballots will be opened and inserted into a tabulator before election day or fed through the tabulators at the polls on election day. These ballots will be kept secured, locked, and unexamined until the polls are closed on Election Day.
I mailed my ballot but changed my mind. Can I vote in person on Election Day?
Voters who have received a Vote by Mail ballot may change their mind and vote in-person. However, only the first ballot submitted will be counted.
If I voted early in person can I vote in person on Election Day?
Any voter that has voted early in person is not permitted to appear to vote in person on Election Day.
I need more info on the Ballot questions. Where can I get this?
Read up below for information on the 2020 Ballot questions!
Did you know you can track your ballot?
Or you can call the local election office for the most up-to-date info on where your ballot is.
If you have questions about Voting on Election Day, you can call the Town Clerk at (508)-883-1500 Ext. 116