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More than half a million ballots have already been cast in Massachusetts

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a man and a woman standing in front of a computer: A voter casts her ballot during early in-person voting at Fenway Park on Oct. 17, 2020. © Provided by WCVB Boston A voter casts her ballot during early in-person voting at Fenway Park on Oct. 17, 2020.

More than half a million people have already cast their ballots for the 2020 general election, more than two weeks in advance.

The office of Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin reports that 553,563 ballots have been returned either through mail-in voting or early in-person voting as of Saturday afternoon.

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According to Galvin's office, 31.8% of mail-in voters that are currently registered have cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

More than 1.7 million mail-in ballots have been sent out among the state's 4.6 million voters. The process will continue throughout the month, with the application deadline set for 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Early voting in Massachusetts opened Saturday and will be available statewide through Oct. 30. Galvin said there will also be guaranteed weekend voting in every community.

Fenway Park is one of the early polling places for registered voters in Boston, and opened at 11 a.m. Saturday. By noon, the line had wrapped all the way around the park and onto Lansdowne Street.

In addition to allowing voters to cast their ballots in person before Election Day, early-voting sites also operate as additional drop-off locations for those who requested a mail-in ballot, Galvin said.

Click here to check your town's early voting schedule.

After a voter makes their decisions, the ballots can be returned by mail, hand-delivered to a local election office, brought to an early-voting site or deposited in a designated drop box within the voter's community.

Don't see a map of drop box locations on this page? Click HERE

Unlike in the primary election, where mail-in ballots had to be received before polls closed, any ballots that are both postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6 will be counted. Ballots that are hand-delivered prior to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 do not require a postmark.

Voters who request but do not return a mail-in ballot will be permitted to vote at a polling place.

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Each voter can also track the status of their mail-in ballot online.

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