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NECC is Committed to Voting!

Northern Essex Community College is committed to graduating active, engaged citizens. Over the last five years, NECC has made a substantial commitment to getting out the vote on campus.

Award ribbon that says: "All In" Silver Campus 30 to 39 percent voting rate. Excellence in Student voter engagenment, midterm 2018 election.In 2015, NECC agreed to participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) to learn more about NECC students’ voting participation.  The college has been using the results of this study to inform strategies for student voter engagement since then. In spring 2017, NECC adopted its first Civic Action Plan, which outline goals and strategies to increase voting, civic learning and engagement for the campus.

In fall 2019, Northern Essex Community College joined the All in Democracy Challenge, committing to create an action plan specific to election engagement.  NECC was also recognized with a Silver Seal for Voter Excellence for the college’s 2018 voting rates by this organization.

Check out NECC’s full 2020 Election Engagement Action Plan on the All in Democracy Challenge website.

Register to Vote Today!

NECC encourages all eligible students to register to vote. 

Massachusetts Residents: You can register online or at your local elections office.  The deadline to register to vote is 20 days before Election Day. To register and for information, please visit the MA Elections Division.

New Hampshire Residents: You can register with your town clerk or on Election Day at the polls. For more information, please visit the NH Secretary of State: How to Register to Vote.

Important 2020 Election Dates

Massachusetts

Early Voting Period

October 17-30, 2020

Recommended Date to Submit Application for Vote by Mail

October 20, 2020 (Last Possible Date to Apply: October 28, 2020)

Voter Registration Deadline for State/Presidential Election

Saturday, October 24, 2020

MA State/Presidential Election Day & Postmarked Deadline for Vote By Mail Ballots

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Polls open: 7AM-8PM

Vote by Mail Ballots Must Arrive at Local Election Office

Friday, November 6, 2020

New Hampshire

NH State/Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020              

Alternative Forms of Voting

For 2020, Massachusetts has expanded early voting and established voting by mail for all citizens due to COVID-19.  Absentee voting is also available for those who meet the criteria. You may also still vote in person on Election Day. Please see the following sites for more information:

New Hampshire permits absentee voting, if you meet certain criteria.  Check out this site for more information:

Want to learn more about the 2020 Elections?

The NECC Library has created a comprehensive guide to the 2020 Elections, including information about political parties, political fact checking, and campaign financing.

Check it out and share with with friends, family, and colleagues:

NECC Library 2020 Elections Guide

Help Get Out the Vote!

If you would like to help get out the vote, please email NECC Civic Engagement and Service-Learning for ways to get involved at NECC and/or in your community. 

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