Are you considering voting by mail? Do it before Tuesday, otherwise your vote may not count – as 1,000 votes were cast in the Boston mayoral election in September, Secretary of State William Galvin said.
Galvin urges voters who have not sent their local ballots back to send them before this Tuesday. Since state law has not acted on its proposal to allow ballot papers postmarked on election day to arrive in the mail for another three days, any ballot papers that reach City Hall after polls close on November 2 do not count, Galvin does not count.
“Electoral authorities will never reject any eligible ballot, but we have to follow what the law says,” he said. “I am disappointed that local election officials are not allowed to count ballot papers that were legally voted on on election day just because they arrived one or two days later due to slow mail delivery. The voter is the one who gets punished even though the entry is slow. ”
The U.S. Postal Service typically recommends sending a poll at least one week before election day to ensure timely arrival. With the recent decline in delivery times for mail, Galvin is concerned that voters who send their ballots back after next Tuesday may not want to see their votes counted.
“If you want to send your ballot by mail, you must do so within the next few days,” he said. “If you have not sent your ballot paper back by Tuesday, I strongly encourage you to use a city ballot paper instead of the postal service.”
Last year, a ballot paper would be counted, even if it was received three days late, as long as it was postmarked on election day. This year, there is no three-day grace period.
In September, 1,000 ballots for the acting mayor and other offices were received too late to be counted, Galvin said.
“I will not see it happen again,” he said. “Send it by mail now.”
Voters actually have several options for returning their mail-in ballots. Polls can be hand-delivered to a ballot paper provided by the city or town, or to the voter’s local polling station, which can also indicate the location of the cash register for the future. Polls can also be handed in at early polling stations during early voting hours. In Boston and other cities offering personal voting this year, early voting begins this Saturday.
Voters who still have not returned their ballot before election day will also have the opportunity to vote in person at their polling station if they choose not to use their mail-in ballot.
Voters can find their local polling station and nearby ballot boxes at www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.