2020 Election Information

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2020 General Election

General Election Vote in Person

If you wish to vote in the General Election in person, please visit your normal poling location on Tuesday, November 3rd 2020 between 7AM and 8PM.

Early Voting by Mail

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Massachusetts legislature has approved no-excuse Vote By Mail for all 2020 elections. Complete the application and mail or bring it to the Elections Department, and once ballots are ready we will mail you one to complete. Residents have the option to track the status of their ballots to see if they have been mailed or received.  

For November 3 General Election ballots, the application for early voting by mail must arrive by October 28th.  We will then mail you your ballot that you will fill out and return to us.  It must be mailed in or handed in person at Malden City Hall at 215 Pleasant St. by 8PM on Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd.

Early Voting in Person

In-person early voting for the General Election will be held October 17-30. The exact dates and times for early voting in person for the General Election will be released soon.

Location for early voting in person will be at the The Senior Community Center (7 Washington Street).  

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots must be requested in writing at least 4 business days before Election Day. Applications are available online, but any written request is acceptable if it has your signature on it, or the signature of a member of your family who has making the request on your behalf.

Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or fax. If you are emailing your application, you may either scan or take a photo of your signed application and email it to your local election office, or you may sign your application using a mouse, finger, or stylus and email the completed and signed attachment. Typed signatures are not acceptable.

If you would like an absentee ballot application mailed to you, you may call the City Clerks office at (781)397-7116 or email Elections@CityOfMalden.org

Important Election FAQs


  • Will there be officials or law enforcement watching me vote?
    • No. Although state law mandates that a uniformed Police Officer be present at the poling location, they are only present to maintain overall order of the precinct. In a recent press release by the Massachusetts Attorney General, the issue of the presence of law enforcement at the polls was addressed.  The advisory was intended to make clear to Massachusetts voters that their right to vote, and to do so free from intimidation or harassment is protected.

      Although there are permissible forms of election monitoring that are allowable under the law, the President cannot send federal law enforcement, the military or local law enforcement to monitor the polls.
  • I am planning to vote in person.  Is there anything different about poling locations from previous elections and primaries?
    • NO.  If you haven’t taken advantage of early voting, simply show up to your normal poling location between 7AM and 8PM on the General Election Day on November 3rd.  Please remember to practice social distancing and please wear a mask.
  • If I still have my early voting ballot, am I still able to turn that in at City Hall?
    • YES.  Malden City Hall at 215 Pleasant St. (the new City Hall) will be open until 8PM for residents to turn in their early voting ballots on the General Election Day on November 3rd.
  • If I mailed my early voting ballot using the U.S. Mail and think that it won’t be received in time, does my postmark qualify my ballot as “on time”?
    • NO.  Postmarks do not mean your ballot is on time. Your ballot must be RECEIVED at City Hall by 8PM on Election Day November 3rd.  If you aren’t certain that your ballot was received, the best thing to do is to either track your ballot status or show up to your normal poling location and ask the poll workers to check it out.  They will be able to research if your ballot was received or not. 
  • What if I have been admitted to a Health Care Facility and cannot get to the polls to vote?
    • If you have been admitted to a healthcare facility within 7 days of an election, or you have been instructed by a medical professional or public health official to self- quarantine in your home within 7 days of an election, you may use the absentee ballot application to designate someone to pick up your emergency absentee ballot, deliver it to you, and return it to your local election official.

Voter Registration 

The deadline for is ten days before the election. The deadline for voter registration for the November 3, 2020 election will be Saturday, October 24, 2020.

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