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Elections


2020 Federal Elections

The Presidential Primary was held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.  Results are on the Goshen Election Results Page.

The State Primary was held on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. Results are on the Goshen Election Results Page..

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.

● In person early voting is available multiple days for the November 3rd General Election at the John James Memorial Hall, 42 Main St. The dates and hours will be:

Saturday, Oct. 17th 2-4pm
 Sunday, Oct. 18th 2-4pm
Monday, Oct. 19th 9-3 and 6-8
 Saturday, Oct. 24th 2-4pm
Sunday, Oct. 25th 2-4pm
 Monday, Oct. 26th 9-3 and 6-8

Residents will be asked to wear masks, use hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing in the town hall while they go about the process of casting their votes.

We recognize that people feel strongly about their candidates and ballot questions, but the polling place is a protected place for all voters. No hats, pins, shirts, stickers, sign or any other item endorsing a candidate or question may be worn or visibly held in a polling place or within 150’ of the polling location. If you are seen with any of these items, you will be asked to remove them or turn your shirt inside out before you can vote.

In addition to in person early voting, Saturday October 24th is the last day to register to vote for the November 3rd General Election, between 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Assistant Town Clerk Gina Papineau will be available to register new voters that day.

Vote by Mail applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020. Voters are now able to apply through the state’s online portal:  www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/preface.aspx

If you have already signed and sent back the post card mailed to you in July or perhaps in September, you can check this website to make sure your application has been accepted:  www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/track/trackmyballot.aspx

I have not yet received the early ballots to mail out to those who have requested to vote by mail. The State Elections Division is required to get the ballots to me by October 9th, but we hope to receive them by October 5th.

Gina and I plan on mailing them out to voters as soon as we can upon receiving them.

Once you receive your vote by mail ballot, and have filled it out and sealed it in the signed envelope, you may return your ballot the following ways:

  1. Send by mail (postage paid)
  2. Place it in the newly installed ballot drop box at the top of the stairs to the left of the door of the Town Offices, 40 Main St. There are security cameras and Gina and I will be checking and emptying the box daily.
  3. Bring it into the town hall during the above in person early voting hours, drop your ballot in the box, and exit the building.

A quick reminder of how your early vote by mail or early in person ballot is processed:

  • All ballots will be processed and put into the ballot box on election day. That day, the warden takes your ballot around the room as if she were you, voting. She reads your name and address at Check In, and slits open the manila envelope you signed that contains your ballot. She then brings your ballot to the Ballot Box and feeds it in,  just as you would if you were there. Your ballot is never opened until it is hand counted with the hundreds of other ballots after polls close. No one will know how you personally voted. The ballots you mail back are safely under lock and key until they are given to the warden on election day.

We also look forward to seeing those of you who wish to vote on election day itself, November 3rd, from 7am-8pm. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitizer when entering, and maintain social distancing. You may bring your own writing implement, if you wish.

As stated in the in person early voting information above, no hats, pins, shirts, stickers, sign or any other item endorsing a candidate or question may be worn or visibly held in a polling place or within 150’ of the polling location. If you are seen with any of these items, you will be asked to remove them or turn your shirt inside out before you can vote.


2020 Local Elections

Goshen’s Annual Town Election was held on Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Results are on the Goshen Election Results Page.


Polling Location

On Election Day, everyone votes at John James Memorial Hall, 42 Main St.  Please enter on the parking lot side of the building, via the ramp entrance.  Parking is available in the town hall lot as well as diagonally across the road in the town parking lot.  Polling hours are 7:00 am – 8:00 pm for federal and state elections.  Polling hours for town elections vary.  Please check back for the most current info or contact the town clerk: 413-268-8236 x107, clerk@goshen-ma.us.

Are you registered to vote?

You can see if you are registered to vote by going to the Secretary of State’s website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

If you have not registered to vote, you may do so at the Town Clerk’s Office in City Hall or online: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm .  You can only be a registered voter in one place and should register at the address you consider to be your primary residence.

The deadline to register to vote in any election is twenty (20) days prior to the date of the election.

 Absentee Ballot  Requests

A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to:  (1) absence from the voter’s town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief can apply for an absentee ballot.  Your request for an absentee ballot must be received no later than noon on the day before an election.  Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by email.  Absentee ballot applications can be found here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm

The absentee ballot must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by close of the polls on election day.  Click here for information on voting if you are in the military or an overseas US citizen:  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemil/milidx.htm

What Does “U” or “Unenrolled” Mean?

When registering to vote, you have the option of choosing “unenrolled” under party enrollment or designation.  This is commonly referred to as “independent” and means you are not enrolled in a party but are a registered voter.  You will still be allowed to vote in a party primary if you are listed as unenrolled and will just have to notify the poll worker of which party’s ballot you would like to use.  You will not need to change back to “unenrolled” after choosing a party ballot at a primary.  Unenrolled does not mean that you are not registered to vote.

Have You Moved?

You must update your voter registration every time you move, even within the same town.  If you have moved, you can update your registration by filling out a new voter registration form (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/Voter-reg-mail-in.pdf) and returning it to the Town Clerk’s Office.

For more information, you can also visit the Massachusetts Elections Division website (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ ). If you have questions about elections or voter eligibility, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office: 413-268-8236 x107, clerk@goshen-ma.us.

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