Town Clerk

Returning Your Ballot

1)  mail to:  Office of the Town Clerk, 41 Cochituate Rd., Wayland, MA
2)  drop it off at the Clerk's Office (call to make arrangments to do so)
3) secure ballot box in the Town Hall vestibule (this is shared with the Treasurer's Office) (or at the Public Safety Building which will be available as of August 10th) 


Track the Status of Your Ballot    Click here             


Online Voter Registration
(This link will allow you to:   Register, Update Your Address and/or Party, and Update Your Name)

Find My Voter Registration Status
&
Polling Location

(available upon filling in information voter registration status) 


SPECIMEN BALLOTS for the STATE PRIMARY-September 1st
click on a party below to see (on or after July 13th)

Precincts 1-3:  Democratic, Green Rainbow, Libertarian, Republican
Precinct 4:       Democratic, Green Rainbow, Libertarian, Republican
 


Application for Early Voting by Mail
(click on the link to the left:  Early Voting by Mail Application)


Election Calendar
 

ELECTION DATEPOLL HOURSDEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE
    
   

 

State Primary

Tuesday,

September 1, 2020

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Clerk's Office will be open from                    2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm 

General Election 

(Presidential & State)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

see below

Voting locations for the above elections (locations for Early Voting and Annual Town Meeing differ):
Precincts 1 and 4 are located in the gym at Town Hall, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA.
Precincts 2 and 3 are located in gym at the Middle School, 201 Main Street, Wayland, MA.


EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE FOR STATE PRIMARy ELECTION

State Primary Election early votingSaturday, August 22-Friday, August 28

Sat., 8/22, 2pm-4pm

Sun., 8/23, 8am-12pm

 

Mon., 8/24, 8am-7pm

 

Tues., 8/25, 8am-4pm

Wed., 8/26, 8am-4pm

Thurs., 8/27, 8am-4pm

Frid., 8/28, 8am-4pm.


Location:
Clerk's Office 
access the windowoutdoors via handicap ramp in front of the building

 

Early Voting location for Precincts 1, 2, 3, & 4:  Town Hall, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA
 


Frequently Asked Questions

State Primary Election- 9/1/2020   &    General Election – 11/3/2020

What are the most common mistakes voters make in completing a request for an absentee ballot application?

  1. Mailing the application to the Clerk’s Office too late.  Voters should take into consideration mailing time to and from the Clerk’s Office and allow, in light of the pandemic, ample time.  The Clerk’s Office recommends sending in the application as soon as possible by email, mail, fax, or dropping it off in the secure lock box in the vestibule of Town Hall:  (Office of the Town Clerk, 41 Cochituate Rd, Wayland, MA  01778, townclerk@wayland.ma.us;  fax- (508) 358-1683;
  2.  If registered as unenrolled (formerly known as independent), not noting what party ballot is being requested:  Democratic, Green Rainbow, Republican, Libertarian;
  3. Failing to provide information as to where the ballot is to be mailed;
  4. Failing to provide contact information, such as a phone number or email, if the Clerk’s Office needs to contact you

How do I know if my application for an absentee ballot was received?

  1. Contact the Town Clerk’s Office a reasonable time after ballots are available and having mailed the application
  2. Check the absentee application list which will be periodically posted in the vestibule

When will ballots for the elections be available?

  1. The Clerk’s Office does not know when ballots will be available.  Likely some time in mid/late July.

What are the most common mistakes voters make in returning the ballot?

  1. Attempting to drop the ballot off at the polls on the day of the election;
  2. Not returning the ballot timely;
  3. Not enclosing the ballot in the Affidavit Envelope provided (the ballot won’t count if the envelope is not used)
  4. Not signing the Affidavit Envelope (the ballot won’t count if the envelope is not signed)

Was my mail-ballot received by the Clerk’s Office?

  1. This information can be found online at track my ballot: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx

What precinct do I vote in and what is the poll location address?

  1.  This information can be found on line at:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx
  2. On election day,  maps of the town delineating precincts are posted outside the polls

What is my party affiliation?

https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

How do I register to vote?

  1.  Complete registration form on line:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/

Contact the Town Clerk’s Office for an application


Tentative Draft of Upcoming in Election/Annual Town Meeting  Related 2020 Dates

Wednesday, July 15               
Secretary of the Commonwealth will send all registered voters, who have not already applied for an absentee ballot or early voting ballot, before July 1st an application to vote early by mail for the primary election

Saturday, July 18                   
Deadline for Office of Town Clerk to send ballots to out of country voters for state primary election on September 1st

Friday, August 7  
Deadline for designation of early voting site

Friday, August 14
Deadline for posting information regarding early voting dates/hours (on bulletin board, any other public building considered necessary, local website, secretary’s website

Monday, August 17
Testing of voting tabulators, viewing available on WayCam
Monday, August 17 
Election worker training 4:30pm-6pm (remote)

Saturday, August 22              
Last day to register to vote/change party affiliation before the September 1st state primary election (2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm)

Saturday, August 22 
First day of In-Person Early Voting at the Office of the Town Clerk, access office voting from outdoors via the handicap ramp

Tuesday, August 25 
Deadline for absentee ballot application for those admitted to a health care facility

Saturday, August 22 thru Friday, August 28                    
In-Person Early Voting (location TBA), Saturday & Sunday weekend in-person early voting on 
August 22nd & August 23rd will be held for 4 hours on each of those dates

Wednesday, August 26th, 5pm
Deadline to request a ballot by vote by mail application or by absentee ballot application

Monday, August 31, noon     
Deadline to request an absentee ballot in person

Tuesday, September 1           
tate Primary Election – vote at the polls

Tuesday, September 1, 8pm       
Deadline to return Early Vote by Mail & Absentee Ballots in the secure drop box or at the
Office of the Town Clerk

Saturday, September 12, 12:30pm-5pm         
Annual Town Meeting, held at Wayland High School field house

Sunday, September 13, 1pm-5pm
Annual Town Meeting (rain date or continuation, if needed)

Monday, September 14
Secretary of the Commonwealth will send all registered voters, who have not already applied for 
an early vote by mail or absentee ballot, an application to vote early by mail for the November 3 
general election.

Saturday, September 26 

Deadline for Office of the Town Clerk to send ballots to out of country voters for the general election on November 3rd

Thursday, October 1        
Deadline for the Secretary of the Commonwealth to implement an online application system for an early voting ballot for the general election

Friday, October 2 
Deadline for designation of early voting site

Friday, October 9     
Deadline for posting information regarding early voting dates/hours (on bulletin board, any other public building considered necessary, local website, secretary’s website

Monday, October 12              
testing of voting tabulators (public viewing TBD)
Monday, October 12
Election worker training, 4:30pm-6:30pm (location TBD)

Saturday, October 24             
Last day to register to vote/change party affiliation before the November 3rd general election (2-4pm and 6-8pm)

Saturday, October 17 thru     
Friday, October 30
In-Person Early Voting (location TBD), Saturday & Sunday weekend in-person voting hours on October 17 & 18, 24 & 25 will 
take place for 4 hours each of those dates (weekday hours will take place hours tthat town hall is open for business)

Friday, October 30                 
Weekend in-person early voting on Oct. 17 & 18, 24th & 25th will take place for 4 hours each of those dates    

Wednesday, October 28th, 5pm        
Deadline to submit a Vote by Mail applicationor absentee ballot application

Tuesday, November 3 
General Election – voting at the polls

Tuesday, November 3, 8pm   
Deadline to return ballots in the in the secure drop box or Office of the Town Clerk

Tuesday, November 3            
Postmark deadline for Early Vote by Mail ballots

November 6, 5pm                  
Deadline for Clerk’s Office receipt of Early Vote by Mail ballots

Other

July 1-August 22
Town Clerk will send anyone registering to vote or changing their voter address an Early Vote by mail application for the state primary election

Friday, August 21   
Town Clerk will transfer voter registration list to electronic voting service vendor for the annual town election

September 1-October 24
Town Clerk will send anyone registering to vote or changing their voter address an Early Vote by mail application for the state primary election

Board of Selectmen may vote to change polling locations at least 20 days prior to the election if public convenience and public health would be better serviced (section 11 of the Act relative to voting in response to COVID-19, chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020 (House Bill 4820).  They may house all polling locations in one location.

        


Changes to State Election Law

There have been a number of changes to the Massachusetts state election laws in response to COVID-19.  Some of the changes are permanent.  Many of the changes are temporary, that is expire on December 31, 2020, unless extended by a new law.

Permanent Changes applicable to all elections

  1. Requesting an absentee ballot: 

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail will be 5pm on the 4th business day before an election. The deadline to request an absentee ballot in person will remain 12 p.m. the day before the election

(The deadllne to submit a Vote by Mail application or absentee ballot application for mailed ballot for the primary will  be 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26th.

The deadline to submit a Vote by Mail application or absentee ballot application for mailed ballot for the state election will be 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th.)

  1. Requesting a mail-in early ballot: 

The deadline to request a mail-in early ballot will be 5 p.m. on the 4th business day before an election

  1. Requesting a hand-delivered absentee ballot

A voter will be able to request a hand-delivered absentee if ballot if they have been admitted to a health care facility after 12 p.m. on the seventh day before an election will be 5 p.m. on the 4th business day before an election

  1. Receiving early voting by mail ballot

Clerks no longer need to wait until the early voting period begins to mail a voter an early ballot

  1. Returning early vote by mail ballots

Mail-in ballots may be returned in person, by mail, or by secured drop box, where provided.

Note:   Early “Vote by Mail” ballots require no excuse. 

Situations where a voter may need to apply for an absentee ballot instead of a “Vote by Mail” early ballot would include military/overseas voters, voters who have been admitted to a healthcare facility or need to self-quarantine within a week of the election, voters who are specially qualified, or voters who need a family member to request the ballot on their behalf.

Temporary Changes applicable only for 2020 elections, unless extended by a new law.  Note: some of the temporary changes will require the promulgation of emergency regulations.

  1.  Voter Registration

Voter registration deadline for any election held on or before December 31, 2020 shall be 10 days before the election. In-person registration shall be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the last day to register. The deadline to register to vote for the September 1st primary will be Saturday, August 22nd. The deadline to register to vote for the November 3rd election will be Saturday, October 24th.

  1. Vote by Mail

Early voting by mail will be available for all elections in 2020

  1. Qualifying for an Absentee Ballot

Any person taking precautions relating to COVID-19 shall be deemed to qualify for an absentee ballot by reason of disability for any election held on or before December 31st

  1. Requesting a hand-delivered absentee ballot

A voter who has been instructed by a medical professional or public health official to self-quarantine in their home within 7 days of an election may vote in the same manner as someone admitted to a healthcare facility within 7 days of the election.

Note:   Early “Vote by Mail” ballots require no excuse. 

Situations where a voter may need to apply for an absentee ballot instead of a “Vote by Mail” early ballot would include military/overseas voters, voters who have been admitted to a healthcare facility or need to self-quarantine within a week of the election, voters who are specially qualified, or voters who need a family member to request the ballot on their behalf.

Other Temporary Changes

  1. The Secretary of the Commonwealth must mail all voters registered who have not already applied for a primary ballot by July 1 a Vote by Mail application for an early ballot no later than July 15. The application will be sent to the voter’s residential address, unless a mailing address is on file with the State.  These applications must be pre-addressed back to the clerk’s office and postage pre-paid.
  2. Clerks must include a Vote by Mail application with the acknowledgement notice to all voters who register or change their address between July 1st and August 22nd, inclusive.
  3. The Secretary of the Commonwealth must mail all voters registered who have not already applied for a State Election ballot by September 1st a Vote by Mail application for an early ballot no later than September 14th. The application will be send to the voter’s residential address, unless a mailing address is on file with the State. These applications must be pre-addressed back to the clerk’s office and postage pre-paid.
  4. Clerks must include a Vote by Mail application with the acknowledgement notice to all voters who register or change their address between September 1st and October 24th, inclusive.
  5. Vote by Mail Applications must be posted on every local election office’s website, as well as the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.
  6. Applications for mail-in ballots are acceptable if they are submitted as long as the signature is visible and it is signed in substantially the same manner as a handwritten signature.  This includes applications signed with a mouse, stylus, or finger.  Applications with typed signatures are still unacceptable.
  7. The Secretary of the Commonwealth must establish an online ballot request portal by October 1st.
  8. Postage for Vote by Mail Ballots

Return ballot envelopes sent to voters must be postage pre-paid and pre-addressed to the voter’s local election official.

  1. Postmark on Early Ballots:

Postmarks for the state election must be postmarked by November 3rd and received no later than 5pm on November 6th in order to be counted.  All primary state ballots still need to be returned by 8pm on September 1st in order to be counted.

  1. In-Person Early Voting

In-person early voting for the state primary shall be held from Saturday, August 22nd through Friday, August 28th and must be offered at least in one location in each municipality on Saturday and Sunday.  The required hours fore each Saturday and Sunday are based on the number of registered voters in the community.  In Wayland, which has between 5,000 and 19,999 registered voters, the required hours will be 4 hours per day

                                       



ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION
June 9, 2020

Official Results

 

 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Anna M. Ludwig Town Clerk (508) 358-3631
Joseph Pessimato Assistant Town Clerk (508) 358-3630