New Information about the June 6 Election
The town has moved the town election to June 6. It is a very important election with many contested positions. Over the next year, our elected representatives will vote on many important issues, including taxes, schools, trees, zoning, and housing.
The town will be sending every voter a postcard which, once mailed in with your signature, will allow the town clerk to send you a mail-in ballot. I have not seen it yet so I do not know how it is worded.
Since it is most likely the coronavirus will still be with us, the state legislature has passed two bills which will allow voters to mail-in their ballots for the June 6 election.
- Absentee ballot. The town clerk’s website has a section to fill out to explain why an absentee ballot is necessary. The legislature passed Section 4 of c45 of the Act of 2020 which allows a voter to write in as a reason “precaution for COVID-19” or just cronovirus. To obtain an absentee ballot, visit Arlington Absentee Ballot
- “Early voting” ballot. The state legislature passed Section 5 c45 of the Acts of 2020 allows for “early voting” which is not early voting as practiced in the past (in which a voter votes a few days early at town hall) but a separate form found on the state website and may in the future be on the town website. The form allows you to directly ask for a mail- in ballot. To obtain an early voting form, visit Early Voting Form
The procedure for obtaining either of these ballots with the card is the same two-step process:
- Fill out the card and make sure to use the name as it appears on the voter list, include the address where you would like to ballot to be sent, and make sure to sign it. Mail this card to Town Clerk, 730 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476
- A ballot will be mailed to you on May 15. Fill out the ballot and follow the directions. It should be mailed back to town hall so it arrives by June 6.
All requests for ballots will have a ballot sent to you on May 15, not earlier. You should send it in soon because it needs to be received at town hall by June 6.
I highly recommend requesting a mail-in ballot. The virus is still very much in evidence in Massachusetts, lasting longer already than experts predicted. In addition, Precinct 7 and 9 polling places will be relocated to some other undetermined location. If you request a mail-in ballot and later would rather vote at the polls you can just ignore the mail-in ballot and vote at the polls.
If you have additional questions about voting you can email the Clerk's office firstname.lastname@example.org. Also I will continue to update the process on this website as we move forward.
Are you registered to vote?
Eligible voters can also register to vote in person by going to:
- The Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall
- The Registry of Motor Vehicles. You can register to vote when you obtain or renew your drivers license or state identification card at any of the license facilities.
- Registration is also available at other state government offices, including public assistance offices, and military recruitment offices.
When to re-register
Your registration is permanent unless you move or change your name.
If you have moved within the County, you must transfer your registration by re-registering.
Voters who legally change their name, but not their address, do not have to re-register. If you have changed your name, you can vote after updating your information at the polls.
Where do I vote?
For Voter Information, visit: Other useful Voting Links