September 16 2020

Vote by Mail Applications for Upcoming Presidential Election now Available

By: Rich Hosford

As anyone who has turned on a television, radio or been on social media knows, there is a Presidential Election coming up. 


Voters across the country will cast ballots for either incumbent Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. Here in Massachusetts there is also a contested senate race between incumbent Democrat Ed Markey and Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor. In the Sixth Congressional District there will be a race between incumbent Democrat Seth Moulton who is being challenged by Republican candidate John Paul Moran. 


There are three ways for Burlington residents to vote in the upcoming election. The traditional in-person voting on the day of the election will be in the Burlington High School gyms from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. 


There will also be voting by mail and applications are now available. All registered voters who haven't yet applied for a ballot by mail will most likely be receiving an application this week. 


According to Town Clerk Amy Warfield, applications for mail-in ballots are acceptable if they are submitted by email or fax, as long as the signature is visible and it is signed in substantially the same manner as a handwritten signature. This includes applications signed with a mouse, stylus, or finger. Applications with typed signatures are still not acceptable.


The deadline to submit a Vote by Mail application or absentee ballot application for mailed ballot for the election will be 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th.

Applications and ballots can be dropped in the drop box on the Steps of Town Hall, 29 Center Street. 


There is also in-person Early Voting. This will be held starting on October 17 and will be held at Grand View Farm at 55 Center Street. The hours for Early Voting will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be Early Voting on the weekends as well but the hours are still to be determined. 


Check out the graphic below supplied by Warfield to see the process for each way of voting.



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