SALEM, MA — Voters in Salem will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the 2020 general election.
In addition to the presidential and congressional races, there are several key races at the state and local level, as well as two ballot questions. Voting will be different this year thanks to rules approved to expand early and mail-in voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 24. You can check your voting status on the Secretary of State's website, where you can also find your polling place. There are several ways residents can vote:
Vote-by-mail applications must be received by the Salem city clerk by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Ballots can be returned by mail, emailed, faxed or returned by hand to the clerk's office. They can also be returned at the drop boxes located at City Hall.
Mail-in ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and returned to the local election office no later than Nov. 6.
Voters have the option of early, in-person voting at Salem City Hall or Salem High School at days and times that can be found here from Oct. 17 to 30.
Voting on Election Day Polls in Massachusetts are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also use the Secretary of State's website to find your polling place.
For questions about voting in Salem, contact the Salem City Clerk's Office.
The following are the key contested races that will be on the ballot for Salem voters:
Joe Biden/Kamala Harris (Democrat)
Donald Trump/Mike Pence (Republican) — Incumbent
House District 6
Seth Moulton (Democrat) — Incumbent
John Paul Moran (Republican)
Matthew Mixon (Independent)
Edward Markey (Democrat) - Incumbent
Kevin O'Connor (Republican)
Andre Gray (Green)
Frederick Mayock (independent)
Question 1: "Right To Repair" Vehicle Access Requirement Initiative
Yes: A yes vote would require carmakers to expand access to
mechanical data for all cars sold in Massachusetts beginning with model
No: A no vote leaves the 2013 right-to-repair law unchanged.
Question 2: Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative
Yes: A yes vote favors adopting a system gives voters the option of
ranking candidates on their ballot in order of preference, as opposed to
selecting just one. And if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of
first-choice votes, the candidate with the least first-choice votes is
eliminated, and the voters who preferred that candidate have their votes
reallocated based on their second choices. Then the ballots are
recounted and the process is repeated until one candidate breaks the 50
No: A no vote keeps the current system in place.