March 3, 2020 Massachusetts Presidential Primary
Needham Results: the March 3 Presidential Primary
According to the Boston Globe, in the Democratic Primary:
Joe Biden 39.6%
Elizabeth Warren 23.0%
Mike Bloomberg 17.8%
Bernie Sanders 12.4%
According to the Town of Needham website, for the Republican Primary:
Donald Trump won with 824 votes
William Weld 171
Joe Walsh 100
On March 3, Massachusetts will join 13 other states on “Super Tuesday” for the Presidential Primaries to select candidates for president in these parties: Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian. Collectively, there are 33 candidates running for president on the MA ballots, although some have suspended their candidacies. The purpose of the primary election process is to select a candidate to represent a political party.
The final Democratic Primary Debate prior to March 3 is Tuesday, February 25. Watch prior debates.
Voting in the March 3 Presidential Primary
The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the March 3 Primary was February 12. To find out whether you are registered to vote and your party enrollment visit this website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/.
Members of one of the four political parties (Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) may vote only in their own party’s primary elections. Unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as “independents”) and members of political designations or minor parties may vote in one of the four party primaries of their choice. Choosing to vote in a particular party’s primary does NOT enroll you as a member of that party.
Also on the ballot are candidates for the Party Town Committees.
If you have any questions on your registration status or voting in the Presidential Primary, visit or contact the Needham Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall, 455-7500 x 216, 217, 218, 219, and 252.
Voting on Election Day, March 3
Polls are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.
There are three new polling locations in Needham, the full list of polling locations is below. Source: http://www.needhamma.gov/524/Voter-Registration-Information
To find out your election information online, including your polling location and your ballot, visit Find My Election Information.
If you are voting at Town Hall, the town has suspended parking meter fees on March 3 for voting in the primary. Not for shopping or eating out!
Needham Town Clerk’s Office
The Needham Town Clerk’s office is responsible for voting in Needham. The office is open weekdays, some Tuesday evenings, and for a special evening registration prior to registration deadlines. For information on specific hours or other questions about elections and voting, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 455-7500 x 216, 217, 218, 219, and 252 or visit the Town Clerk’s webpage.
Absentee Voting Prior to March 3
Absentee ballots for the March 3 Presidential Primaries are now available in each city and town in Massachusetts, according to Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin.
Voters who will be out of town on March 3 or who have a disability or religious belief which prevents them from voting at their polling place are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Those who need a ballot mailed to them may send an absentee ballot application to their city or town hall. Family members may also complete the application on a voter’s behalf.
Secretary Galvin recommends submitting absentee ballot applications as soon as possible, to allow time for the ballot to be mailed to the voter and returned to their city or town hall. Ballots must be delivered to the local election office by the close of polls on March 3 in order to be counted.
Voters who are able to visit their city or town hall during regular business hours may complete their absentee ballot in person in their local election office. Early voting will be available February 24-28 to all voters, with no excuse required.
Absentee ballot applications may be found on Galvin’s website.
Early Voting on February 24 – 28 has ended. Vote on March 3!
Early voting for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primaries was available to all Massachusetts voters February 24-28. No excuse is required. You may cast your early ballot in person at any early voting location in your city or town.
Early Voting in Needham will include one evening session, Tuesday, Feb 25 7pm-9pm. Source: http://www.needhamma.gov/4820/Early-Voting—Presidential-Primary
If you prefer to cast your ballot by mail, you may submit an early ballot application to your local election official. Early ballots will be mailed at the beginning of the early voting period, no earlier than February 24th.
Voter Registration/Party Affiliation Deadline Feb 12
The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation was February 12. It is important to know your party affiliation before the deadline, because it determines in which party primary you may vote.
Members of one of the four political parties (Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) may vote only in their own party’s primary elections. Unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as “independents”) and members of political designations or minor parties may vote in the party primary of their choice. Choosing to vote in a particular party’s primary does NOT enroll you as a member of that party.
To find out your party enrollment, change your party enrollment, or to register to vote, visit this website: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/. Any changes or additions must be made by February 12.
If you have any problems with registering to vote or changing your party online, or if you prefer to do it in person, visit the Needham Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. The office is open weekdays, some Tuesday evenings, and for a special evening registration on February 12 when it will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information on specific hours or other questions about the election, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 455-7500 x 216, 217, 218, 219, and 252.