Presidential Primary Election

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY 2024VOTER OPTION GUIDE

This guide outlines the multiple options voters have to participate in the Presidential Primary Election.  

 

Vote by Mail, Vote Early In Person or Vote on Election Day

 


ELECTION TYPE 



DATE OF ELECTION


ELECTION DAY LOCATION


ELECTION DAY HOURS



DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE



VOTE BY MAIL 

APPLICATION 

DEADLINE


Presidential Primary Election

March 5, 2024

Ashland High School

7 AM – 8 PM

February 24, 2024

February 27th 

5:00 PM

 

SELECTION OF BALLOT TYPES – (PRIMARY ELECTIONS ONLY)  

 

  • In a primary election, a voter who is NOT registered in a political party must choose a party ballot type on the application to vote by mail or in person voting (early or on election day).    
  • We are unable to process applications for Unenrolled (commonly known as Independent) voters who do not select a party ballot type on their application.   
  • Unenrolled voters who select a party ballot type do not become registered in that party - they remain Unenrolled / Independent voters.      
  • Voters who are registered in one of the 3 political parties (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian) MUST take that party ballot and are not given a choice of party ballot type. 

 

Helpful links

 View sample ballots here.

 

Vote-By-Mail

All registered voters qualify to vote by mail.   

 

Received a postcard application?  The Secretary of the Commonwealth is required to mail ALL voters who have not already applied for a vote by mail ballot, a postcard application – this is usually mailed out 45 days prior to state elections.  This postcard application will allow you to apply for a vote by mail ballot for all elections this year or for individual elections this year. (PLEASE NOTE: Vote-By-Mail is not available for the 2024 Annual Town Election being held May 21, 2024)

 

Applications can be returned by mail (postage is pre-paid on the post card application mailed to you) or placed in the drop box outside of the Town Hall (101 Main Street).  A signature is required in order to process your application.  Questions can be directed to townclerkoffice@ashlandmass.com

   

APPLY EARLY to allow ample time for processing your application and for the postal services to deliver your ballot to you.  If you are concerned about applying too early - please note that voters can hold on to their ballot and return it the week prior to the election in the secure ballot drop box outside of the Town Hall.  Voters who receive a vote by mail ballot and have not returned it may appear to vote in person at an early voting site or on election day to cast a ballot.  Any voter that has returned a vote by mail ballot (or voted early in person) cannot vote on Election Day.  


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TRACK YOUR APPLICATION AND BALLOT 

 

Voters who have applied for a vote by mail ballot may use this link to track the status of their application as well as their ballot status (mailed / received back).  Please note that we anticipate a large volume of applications (there are over 12,000 voters in Ashland) and request you allow at least 1 week before checking the status of your application and allow a minimum of 10 days to receive your ballot from the status date of mailing.  Please DO NOT contact the Town Clerk's Office to check on your status until the recommended amount of time listed above has passed.  Inquiries should be sent to townclerkoffice@ashlandmass.com

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RETURN OF VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS


Once you receive your ballot, please vote promptly, place the ballot in the manila ballot envelope and sign the required affidavit. Place the sealed ballot envelope in the postage paid white return envelope and return by U.S. mail or place it in the secure ballot drop box at the Town Hall (101 Main Street)

 

Mailed Ballots include a postage pre-paid return ballot envelope that is addressed to the Town Clerk's Office. You may return your ballot by mail (please see deadlines below) or hand deliver your ballot by placing it in the secure ballot drop box outside of the Town Offices (deadline is close of polls on Election Day).  

 

Ballots can NOT be returned to the polling location on Election Day - they must be returned to the secure ballot drop box located at the Town Hall. Your returned ballot on Election Day will be processed and brought to the polls to be cast by the Town Clerk’s staff.    

 

Deadlines for ballots to be returned and counted 

1. Ballots returned in the secure ballot drop box must be received by 8PM on March 5th 
2. Ballots returned by mail must be RECEIVED by the Town Clerk by 8PM on March 5th  - A POSTMARK IS NOT SUFFICIENT

Please note that US Postal delivery services are not consistent and can range from 3 to 11 days.  We recommend voters return their ballots in the secure ballot drop box outside of the Town Offices by 8PM on Election Day to ensure it is counted.