State of Massachusetts Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Local Elections

Massachusetts Municipal Primary Elections held on Tue Sep 28, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

Received by Wed Sep 8, 2021 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:00pm EDT

Early Voting

Contact Local Election Office - Contact Local Election Office
Includes municipal elections in: New Bedford and Northampton. For 2021 town elections postponed due to COVID-19, the deadline to register to vote will be 10 days before the date of the election. For regularly scheduled town elections, the deadline will remain 20 days before the election. Please check with your town clerk for specific dates and deadlines.

Boston Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 2, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 2, 2021 8:00pm EDT

Early Voting

Mon Oct 18, 2021 - Fri Oct 29, 2021

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm.

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Early Voting

Voters are able to vote early for presidential preference primary elections and general elections. The exact place of early voting and times will vary by location - contact your election office to inquire about early voting options in your area.

Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required.

Absentee Voting

Currently, no-excuse voting by mail has been extended by the state law until March 31, 2021.

You are eligible to vote in Massachusetts if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Massachusetts
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution

You may preregister to vote in Massachusetts

  • At the age 16

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You reside in Massachusetts but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Massachusetts

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Massachusetts you should provide one of the following:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Massachusetts Driver's License Number
  • Your Massachusetts ID Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Massachusetts, in certain cases you may be required to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid Massachusetts Driver's License
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Lease
  • Rent Receipt

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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If you currently have a MA driver's license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application to register.