Key Deadlines for the 2020 Presidential Election

The deadline to return your vote-by-mail application to the town clerk’s office is Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Scanned applications can be emailed to

The deadline to submit your mail-in or absentee ballot is Election Day (Tuesday Nov. 3) at 8 p.m. It must be returned to the town clerk’s office or the blue and yellow depository outside of the Town Office Building.

How to Vote Early by Mail
This year, due to the coronavirus, any registered voter in Massachusetts who wants to vote by mail is allowed to do so. Under normal circumstances, voters can only vote absentee if they are out of town when the polls are open on Election Day, are unable to vote at the polls due to physical disability, or cannot vote on Election Day for religious reasons. Here are the steps to voting in person. (Qualifying voters can instead request absentee ballots, if they prefer.)
-Register to vote.
-Sign and return your mail-in ballot request postcard, which every Massachusetts voter should have received in the mail.
Once you receive your mail-in ballot, fill it out, following the instructions precisely.

Return your ballot:
-By mail (must be postmarked Nov. 3 and arrive at the town clerk’s office by Nov. 6)
-Via the town clerk’s depository in front of the Town Office Building
-Directly to the town clerk’s office, on the main floor of the Town Office Building
-Early Voting in Person
Lexington’s registered voters can vote early in person every day from Saturday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 30. Early in-person voting takes place at Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. When voting in person, all voters must wear a mask and follow social distancing (voting booths will be placed six feet apart) and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Early Voting Hours

-Friday, Oct. 30: 8:30 AM — 1 PM

Pandemic Protocols for Voting in person (early and on Election Day)
-All election workers will wear face coverings.
-All voters are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
-Hand sanitizer, gloves and masks will be available at each polling location.
-Voting booths will be placed six feet apart.
-Surfaces and voting booths at polling locations will be sanitized throughout the day.
-Social distancing protocols, including voting booth placement, could mean that voters will have to wait to vote.

Election Day Poll Hours
In Lexington, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The town clerk’s office has received an outpouring of offers to work at the polls on Election Day. Rice expressed gratitude while noting that they have enough workers for the 2020 presidential election.
For more detailed information, please visit the town clerk’s website (

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