Thanks to Helen Moon, Pittsfield’s Ward 1 City Councilor for the following information

Primary elections are just around the corner on September 1st! In July, a new law was passed to allow all registered voters in Massachusetts to vote by mail in any 2020 election, with no excuse needed. 

As required by the new law, a Vote by Mail application has been mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the State Primary or for all elections this year. The applications are pre-addressed to your local election official and no postage is necessary.

Vote by Mail applications must be delivered to your local election office no later than 4 business days before the election. For a State Primary ballot, your application must reach your local election office no later than August 26. 

If you wish to vote by mail, you are strongly encouraged to return your application as early as possible, to make sure that you will receive your ballot in time to return it and have it be counted.

Vote by Mail applications are available for download and may also be requested by contacting the Elections Division. You can find more information on voting by mail on our Voting by Mail FAQs page.

3) Still want to go to the ballot box? Early voting is also available. 

In-person voting for the September 1 State Primary will take place from August 22-28. All cities and towns will be required to offer early voting on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23.