2021 Municipal  Election Information

2021 Municipal Election

Early Voting Happening Now!

Those who wish to early vote may do so now through Monday, November 1st in person at the City Clerk's counter on the second floor of City Hall. The deadline to early vote is 12:00 noon. Anyone who misses this deadline will have to vote at their regular polling location on Election Day. 

Anyone wishing to Vote by Mail must have their application submitted to the City Clerk's office by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27th. This deadline will assure a proper amount of mailing time to get the ballot to the voter. All Vote by Mail / Absentee Ballots must be returned to City Hall by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Vote by Mail / Absentee Ballots are not to be dropped off at polling places on Election Day. 

To request a Vote by Mail / Absentee Ballot, submit a written request or download one of the applications below, include an original signature and submit to this office via mail, drop box, email, or fax at 781-388-0610. To track the progress of a Vote by Mail / Absentee Ballot, please visit the Track My Ballot website, sponsored by the Secretary of State's Office. 

November 2, 2021 Election

In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chap. 54, Section 52, a sample ballot for the Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 is posted below. This is a city wide election for Councillor at Large, Ward Councillor, and School Committee. The last day to register to vote for this election is Wednesday, October 13. Polls on Election Day will be opened from 7 AM to 8 PM Please click the picture below to view all eight ward ballots. 

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Absentee & Early Voting

According to state law passed in July 2021, no excuse voting by mail will be allowed in all local and state elections through December 15, 2021. Unlike voting by absentee ballot, a reason is not necessary to request a vote by mail ballot. 

Absentee / Vote by Mail applications must be received by this office at least four business days prior to the election. To request an Absentee / Vote by Mail ballot, submit a written request or download one of the applications below, include an original signature and submit to this office via mail, drop box, email, or fax at 781-388-0610.

Important Information for Ward 6 Voters

Effective June 8, 2021 voters of Ward 6, Precinct 1 will now utilize the Member's Room at Club 24, 787 Salem Street as their polling location. 

The Secretary of State's Office granted approval of this new location on June 2, 2021. The recommendation then was approved by unanimous vote of the full City Council on June 8. Please follow this link to view the entire accessibility and evaluation report supporting Club 24 as a suitable polling location. 

Voters of Ward 6, Precinct 2 will continue to vote, as they always have, in the Community Room at 630 Salem Street. 

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Noteworthy Dates

Malden's Municipal Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2, 2021. If a Preliminary is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 14. Polls are open from 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM. 

Nomination papers become available from the City Clerk's Office on Tuesday, May 4. The last day to pull papers is Friday, July 23, 2021.

For a complete list of pertinent deadlines regarding the 2021 election cycle, please see our calendars below. 

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Nomination Forms

This chart of candidates who have pulled nomination forms will be updated on a weekly basis from May 4 until August 10, the last day to file certified nomination papers with the City Clerk's Office. Click on image to view a larger PDF version. 

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Running for Office 

Those interested in learning how to run for office in the City of Malden may view the candidate handbook. The material in this handbook was compiled from various election related sources, including the Massachusetts General Laws, Acts and Resolves of the Massachusetts Legislature, the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, U.S. Postal Service Regulations, and City Council Orders. It is intended for general information and guidance only, and is not meant to replace reference to original sources.

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The following brochure was produced by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance as an introductory guide for municipal candidates to the State's campaign finance law and is not a complete substitution for M.G.L., Chapter 55. It is the responsibility of all those participating in political campaign financing in Massachusetts to become knowledgeable with the provisions of the law and regulations. Violations of the law carry serious penalties of fines, imprisonment or both. Additional information may be found at the OCPF website.

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M.G.L., Chapter 51, Section 6 states cities shall annually prepare lists containing the names and addresses of all persons seventeen years of age or older and provide such poll books to all duly organized political committees and political candidates. Such lists shall be made available to business organizations and other nonpolitical committees and organizations at a fee to be determined by said registrars. 

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Voter Registration 

The deadline to register or update voter status is twenty days before the election. The deadline for voter registration for the September Preliminary is August 25. The deadline for the November Election is October 13. 

A representative of the City Clerk’s Office will remain available until 8:00 P.M. for voter registration on August 25th and October 13th. Alternatively, voter registration may be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by visiting www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/.