With Election Day now just weeks away, the Town Clerk’s Office wishes to remind residents of some important dates and details they need to know before submitting their ballot or visiting the polls.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 03, 2020 presidential election is Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Please visit here to register to vote online.
Early Voting for All Brookline Voters
Early voting will be available for all registered voters. All early voting will be held in Room 103 at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street. Voters will not need to fill out an application or make an appointment ahead of time. Only six (6) voters will be allowed in the Town Hall polling place to vote early at any given time and as such, voters may have to wait to vote.
The early voting period for the presidential election takes place from October 17-30, 2020,and early voting will be available on each of the days of the early voting period.
Town Hall will be open for early voting on the following dates and times:
- Saturday, October 17, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.;
- Sunday, October 18,2020: 08:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.;
- Monday, October 19,2020: 08:30 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.;
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.;
- Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.;
- Thursday, October 22, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.;
- Friday, October 23, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
- Saturday, October 24, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.;
- Sunday, October 25, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.;
- Monday, October 26, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.;
- Tuesday, October 27,2020: 08:30 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.;
- Wednesday, October 28,2020: 08:30 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.;
- Thursday, October 29, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.;
- Friday, October 30, 2020: 08:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Those who vote early in person should be aware of the following requirements and suggestions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Face coverings are required in Brookline, including inside Town Hall. Bring a pen, such as a blue or black ink sharpie or Paper Mate Flair, if you do not want to borrow one. Bring a clipboard or book to use when marking your ballot if you do not want to use a voting booth. Bring an ID, as voters will be required to show an ID in some cases. Do not touch your face while at the polling location. Maintain a social distance of at least six feet from anyone who is not from your household.
Vote By Mail or Drop Off Your Ballot at Town Hall
Staff at the Town Clerk’s Office are processing and distributing mail-in ballots by the thousands each day, and many voters have already returned their completed ballots to the drop box outside Town Hall.
All registered voters can vote by mail for the upcoming election, and are encouraged to allow for ample time for the processing of the application and for the postal service to deliver the ballot. Those who have not already applied to vote by mail should plan to vote early at Town Hall or in-person on election day.
Voters who have already applied for mail-in ballots are strongly urged to deliver their ballots themselves to the drop box outside Town Hall. Applications and ballots that have been mailed can be tracked here.
Voters should remember to sign and print their names, as well as date the yellow return envelope contained in your ballot package.
Ballots for the November 03, 2020 election must be postmarked by November 03, 2020and received by the Town Clerk no later than 05:00 p.m. on November 06, 2020 in order to be counted. Ballots dropped off using the drop box MUST be delivered by 08:00 p.m. on November 03, 2020.
Ballots returned by mail should be addressed to the Town Clerk’s Office at PO Box 470860, Brookline, MA 02447.
The Town Clerk’s Office has extensive protocols in place to ensure that ballots are counted once, including keeping those that come in early secured and noting which voters have already submitted ballots so that they may not also vote in person on Election Day.
If their vote-by-mail ballot has not been received by the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Election Day, voters can vote in person during the early voting period, or on Election day and their mail-in ballot will be rejected and not counted.
More information about the election, including in-person voting locations and requirements, can be found here. Anyone with questions about either election should call the Town Clerk’s Office at 617-730-2010.