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How to vote in the 2023 election

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

Speed up your time at the polls by taking a minute now to check your voter registration status. Here is why. If you find that you are an Inactive Voter, complete the Blank 2023 Census form and return it to the City Clerk's office by mail or in person using the outdoor ballot box at City Hall, 149 Main Street, back of building near Saltonstall Park or email to Census@Watertown-ma.gov


REGISTRATION

To register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Massachusetts, and 18 years old on or before the next election.


Voter Registration Forms may be obtained online at www.sec.state.ma.us, from the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall during regular business hours, or by calling 617-972-6486.


Registration deadlines:

  • Online at www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR, where you can also make changes to your party, name, address, and etc.): Oct 28 by 11:59pm

  • In-person at City Clerk's office: Oct 27 by 5pm

  • Dropping off a form in the ballot box outside of City Hall on the Saltonstall Park side of the building: Oct 27 by 5pm

  • By mail (to Office of City Clerk, City Hall, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA, 024720: postmarked by Oct 28

VOTING

Early voting will be available in City Hall's Philip Pane Lower Hearing Room on the basement level

  • Tuesday October 31, 10am-4pm

  • Wednesday, November 1, 10am-4pm

  • Thursday, November 2, 8am-4pm

Voting by mail if you are in the military or overseas can go to the Voting for Military & Overseas Citizens page.


Voting by mail for all others. Printed Vote by Mail Applications can be submitted by mail, email (Ballots@watertown-ma.gov), or fax (617-972-6595), but they must include a signature that can be compared to your hand-written signature. Electronic signatures, scanned applications, and photos of applications are acceptable. You may also request a ballot using the Mail-in Ballot Application System which is submitted electronically. The Track My Ballot tool can be used to check the status of your ballot. The tracker will show you the date your ballot was mailed, the date it was returned, and whether your ballot was accepted or rejected. Deadlines:

  • Request ballot (received by): October 31 by 5pm

  • Return ballot by mail (postmarked by): November 7

  • Return ballot in person: November 7 by 8pm to the drop-off ballot box is located outside of City Hall, on the Saltonstall Park side of the building.

Voting on election day will be at the polls, 7am-8pm, on Tuesday, November 7. Find your voting location here. In District A our polling stations are:

  • Precincts 1 & 3: Hellenic Center, 25 Bigelow Ave

  • Precinct 2: Hosmer School, Door 6, next to the gardens, 1 Concord Rd

QUESTIONS? Email the City Clerk's office or call 617-715-8686. Watertown is always looking for poll workers. Interested in seeing democracy in action? Please contact the City Clerk’s Office or 617-715-8686.


Making voting easier forever. TurboVote is an app that helps qualified voters register and vote every time. I use it and I love it. (It is non-partisan and nonprofit.) With this app:

  • You can subscribe to text or email reminders about upcoming deadlines and elections, which I find super helpful.

  • New voters can register, and TurboVote will send you all the required forms by U.S. mail. Just sign, apply the stamps provided, and mail.


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