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Absentee Ballots for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary are available in the City Clerk's Office during regular business hours. Voters may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day because of the following reasons:
  • Absence from the City during the hours polls are open
  • Physical disability
  • Observing religious beliefs

You may request a ballot by mail by submitting an absentee ballot request form (see below) or by sending correspondence including your name, voting address, address to which the ballot should be sent, date of birth, phone number or email and your signature to:

City Clerk's Office
Attn: Elections
9 Dale Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

The deadline to vote by absentee ballot in person or to apply for an absentee ballot: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:00 Noon.

EARLY VOTING begins Monday, February 24, 2020 and ends on Friday, February 28, 2020. Voting is during business hours only. Please click here for more details.

The Presidential Primary will be held on March 3, 2020.  Polls will be open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM. 

**Poll workers are always needed. Poll workers are paid $125.00 for the day. If any resident is interested in being a poll worker, we welcome you to come into the City Clerk's office and apply.  Polls are open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM on election days. 

Military or Overseas absentee ballot voters be sure to send your Federal Post Card Absentee ballot requests (FPCA) in January or as early as possible. Go to FVAP.GOV or scroll down to the absentee ballot registration section for the link to the Secretary of State absentee ballot information site. 

For regular absentee ballot applications scroll down to absentee ballot registration section.

Presidential Primary Deadlines

 For the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary the deadline to register to vote or make changes to your voter registration is Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  The City Clerk's office will remain open until 8:00 pm on February 12 for voter registration/changes only.  Online registration deadline is February 12, 2020 @ 11:59 pm.  See below for further voter registration information: 

Voter Registration Information
Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age or older may register to vote in his/her city or town of residence. To register in Gloucester, you may come to the City Clerk's office during regular business hours, click the link below to download a mail in registration form or use the Secretary of State online service detailed below.  We are located at: 9 Dale Avenue,  Gloucester, MA 01930. Note: A picture ID may be requested at the time of registration.

Instructions for registering to vote in Massachusetts

See below for instructions on the Secretary of State's office online voter registration:

As of June 23, 2015
Online Voter Registration
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.

Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin’s Website at www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address or change their party enrollment.

Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official. (click the highlighted web address for fast link to the elections page)
Non-Registered Voter Information

A non-registered voter has up to twenty (20) days prior to any election day to register to vote. If the voter fails to comply, then his/her name will not be posted on the registered voters list and he/she will not be able to cast his/her vote in that election.

Change of name and address form:
Registered voters can change their name or address by completing the Name/Address Change Formand submitting it to the Clerk's office in person or by mail. Changes MUST
 be received in the Clerk's office by 8:00 pm on or before the 20th day prior to an election. 

change of enrollment forms also must be submitted by pm 20 days prior to an election. 

Inactive Voters

An inactive voter is a voter who failed to answer census per the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 51, Section 4c. Every year, registered voters who failed to respond to the census will be made inactive on June 1st of that year. Voters who are made inactive are sent confirmation cards, which the voter can send back to the City Clerk's office to be reinstated as active or to make an address change.

When inactive voters arrive at their polling place and before they are given a ballot, they will be required to show ID (driver's license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, lease, a copy of a voter registration affidavit, or any other printed ID which contains your name and address) and will need to fill out an "Affirmation of Current and Continuous Residence". Once they have filled out the address confirmation, they will given a ballot and allowed to proceed with voting.

Absentee Ballot Registration/Ballot Details

If you are not able to come to the City Clerk's office to fill out the absentee ballot application or vote, please read the informational document and registration form below. Please follow the instructions given so that processing your registration will not be delayed.
For Further Information
For further information about voter registration and State Elections, please refer to the State of Massachusetts Election Division.

To View Gloucester Election results visit the elections results page of this Website.
If you have further questions after viewing this site feel free to contact the Elections Desk in the City Clerk's Office
 at 978-281-9720, #6
Our address at City Hall is 9 Dale Ave Gloucester, MA 01930

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