Early voting for the presidential and state election on Nov. 3 gets underway this weekend on Cape Ann.

Voting starts Saturday and runs through Oct. 30.

In the Nov. 3. elections, Massachusetts voters will pick a president and U.S. senator while deciding two statewide ballot questions and a host of congressional and state races. The contentious race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is expected to drive a record turnout.

Voters in Gloucester also will consider a question for a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion to fund a new school to serve the combined student bodies of East Gloucester and Veterans Memorial elementary schools.

Those who received ballots by mail can drop them off at early voting locations.

Voters can find early voting locations and ballot drop boxes in their communities by going to the secretary of the commonwealth's website.

Ballots must by postmarked by Nov. 3 or reach each voter’s local election office by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 in order to be counted. 

Voters who submitted applications to vote by mail don’t have to wait for their ballots to arrive in order to vote. If they haven’t mailed their ballot, they can still vote in person during the early voting period or on Nov. 3, Secretary of State Bill Galvin said.

The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, name or address for the election is next Saturday, Oct. 24. Voters may visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/Welcome.aspx to check registration status or party enrollment.

Oct. 28 is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot or absentee ballot by mail.

Oct. 30 is the deadline for early voting in person.

Nov. 2 is the deadline to vote by absentee in person.

To find out which candidates will appear on your ballot, check www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx.


Gloucester City Clerk Joanne M. Senos said Thursday evening that her office at City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., is the process of mailing out vote-by-mail and absentee ballots.

Th clerk's office will hold hours to register to vote, change party affiliation, or change name or address for Nov. 3 election on next Saturday, Oct. 24,  from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

The deadline to vote by absentee in person is Nov. 2 by noon.

In-person early voting will be held at City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 25, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 3, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the these locations:

Ward 1, Precinct 1: East Gloucester School, 8 Davis St. Extension

Ward 1, Precinct 2: Veterans Memorial School 11 Webster St.

Ward 2, Precincts 1 and 2: Our Lady of Good Voyage Church Youth Center 140 Prospect St.

Ward 3, Precincts 1 and 2: Gloucester High School Field House, 36 Leslie O. Johnson Road.

Ward 4, Precinct 1: Beeman Memorial School, 138 Cherry St.

Ward 4, Precinct 2: Plum Cove School*, 15 Hickory St. (* polling location change)

Ward 5, Precinct 1: Magnolia Library Center, 1 Lexington Ave.

Ward 5, Precinct 2: West Parish Elementary School, 10 Concord St.

Voters may drop ballots in the drop box located on the Warren Street side entrance of City Hall and also in the handicapped entrance on Dale Avenue..

Those unsure of their ward and, or precinct may contact the City Clerk’s Office at 978-281-9720 #7 or email elections@gloucester-ma.gov.



In-person early voting is available at Town Hall, 34 Broadway, accessible via the handicapped ramp at the side of the building; please note restroom facilities will not be available. Masks and social distancing are required; please follow the instructions of the elections staff. Hours are Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 19, Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 26,  Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to4 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ballots may be mailed or placed in the secure drop box located at the back door of Town Hall; it is accessible 24 hours a day.

Voting on  Election Day, Nov. 3, takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Precinct 1: Town Hall Annex, 26 Broadway.

Precinct 2: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.

Precinct 3: Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway.

Questions may be directed to the town clerk’s office at 978-546-6894.


Early voting may done at Town Hall, 10 Center St.; entry is through the side entrance and COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.


Early voting hours are Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8:30a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2  to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 25 from noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voter registration will be held for the last day on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

Ballots may be mailed, dropped off at the town clerk's office in Town Hall during regular business hours or during early voting times or in the drop box behind Town Hall.

On Nov. 3,  Election Day, Manchester polls will be open at Manchester Essex Regional High School, 36 Lincoln St., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Proper COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.


In-person early voting will be held on the first floor at Town Hall, 30 Martin St., this Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon; Monday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon; Monday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Ballots may put in the secure drop box located under the portico in the front of Town Hall.

Deadline to submit a paper application for a ballot via the drop box is Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. 

On the Nov. 3,  Election Day, Essex polls will be open at Memorial Fire Station, 24 Martin St., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sample ballots and further voting information may be found on the town clerk’s webpage www.essexma.org or by contacting the town clerk’s office at 978-768-7111 or townclerk@essexma.org.


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