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2020 Election calendar

We have information about important dates for the Massachusetts State Primary and State Election. You can also download the calendar from the state's website.

Still have questions? Contact:
Election
1 City Hall Square, Room 241
Boston MA  02201
United States

Deadline Dates

Candidates must pick up and file all paperwork related to their nominations at the Boston Election Department in Boston City Hall, Room 241.

Calendar of Events Party and non-party candidates
for district and
county offices
Party candidates
for federal and
state-wide
office
Non-party
candidates for
federal and statewide offices

Nomination papers must be available.

February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

Last day for a person running in the state primary to enroll in a party, or for a person running only in the state election to unenroll from a party (except newly registered voters).

February 25, 2020

March 3, 2020 March 3, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signatures.

April 28, 2020

May 5, 2020

July 28, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour for Registrars of Voters to complete certification of signatures.

May 19, 2020

May 26, 2020

August 18, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour for candidates to apply for review of non-certified signatures.

May 21, 2020

May 28, 2020

August 20, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour for Registrars of Voters to complete
review of non-certified signatures.

May 22, 2020

June 1, 2020

August 24, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour to file nomination papers (including
party enrollment or voter registration certificate and Ethics
Commission receipt) with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

May 26, 2020

June 2, 2020 August 25, 2020
5 p.m., last day and hour to file withdrawals of or objections to nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. May 29, 2020 June 5, 2020 August 28, 2020
5 p.m., last day and hour to fill vacancies caused by withdrawals. June 3, 2020 June 10, 2020 September 2, 2020
9 a.m. - 8 p.m., last day to register to vote and to change
party enrollment for the State Primaries. In towns with fewer than
1,500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 8 p.m.).
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020

State election dates

Event Date

State Primaries

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour for all write-in or sticker candidates
who won in a state primary to file a written acceptance of the
nomination and receipt from the State Ethics Commission with the
Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

12 p.m., last day and hour to file withdrawals of or objections to nominations made at the state primaries.

Friday, September 4, 2020

5 p.m., last day and hour for filling vacancies caused by withdrawals at the state primaries.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

9 a.m. - 8 p.m., last day to register to vote for the State Election. In towns with fewer than 1,500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

State Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020