March 3, 2020 Massachusetts Presidential Primary

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.

The LWV Voter Guide for the Presidential Primaries, VOTE411, has candidate information and other information of voting.

The 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.

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 in the March 3 Presidential Primaries

You may vote on election day (March 3), the week before (Early Voting), or, if qualified, by absentee.

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

Early voting for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primaries will be 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.

Voting on Election Day, March 3

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

Polls are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

To find out your election information online, including your polling location and your ballot, visit Find My Election Information.

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.

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.