State of Massachusetts Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Boston Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 7, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Boston Preliminary Municipal Election held on Tue Sep 26, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Sep 6, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Sep 26, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Massachusetts State Legislature Special Election held on Tue Oct 17, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Oct 17, 2017

Early Voting

none on record
State Senate Bristol and Norfolk Special Election.

Massachusetts State Legislature Special Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 7, 2017

Early Voting

none on record
Special election for State House First Berkshire district and Fifth Essex district

Springfield City Preliminary Election held on Tue Sep 19, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Sep 19, 2017

Early Voting

none on record
(If Necessary).

Springfield Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 7, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Worcester Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 7, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Worcester Preliminary Municipal Election held on Tue Sep 12, 2017

New Voter Registration

Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Sep 12, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

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.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Voters will be able to vote early in person beginning with the 2016 general elections at local city and town halls or other public buildings. 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.

Absentee Voting

You can vote absentee ballot if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You will be absent from your city or town on Election Day
  • You have a physical disability that prevents voting at the polling place
  • You cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs

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

Voter Registration

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

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

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

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

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:

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

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

- -

Absentee Ballot Request

- - -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Blank Ballot To Voter

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

Overseas & Military Voters

Boston Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST

Boston Preliminary Municipal Election held on Tue Sep 26, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:00pm EDT Received by Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:00pm EDT Received by Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Massachusetts State Legislature Special Election held on Tue Oct 17, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:00pm EDT Received by Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:00pm EDT Received by Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:00pm EDT
State Senate Bristol and Norfolk Special Election.

Massachusetts State Legislature Special Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST
Special election for State House First Berkshire district and Fifth Essex district

Springfield City Preliminary Election held on Tue Sep 19, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:00pm EDT Received by Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:00pm EDT Received by Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:00pm EDT
(If Necessary).

Springfield Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST

Worcester Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 6, 2017 12:00pm EST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 8:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00pm EST

Worcester Preliminary Municipal Election held on Tue Sep 12, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:00pm EDT Received by Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:00pm EDT Received by Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:00pm EDT

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order the register/request your ballot.

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order the register/request your ballot.

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

- - - - -

Absentee Ballot Request

- -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- -

Blank Ballot To Voter

- -
Your faxed voter registration/ballot request form must be followed by your original, signed form in the mail - otherwise your application will not be valid. Although registration is not required, Massachusetts requires FPCA to be filled out entirely for ballot request. Massachusetts accepts "any other form of written communication" (more specific information outlined on state website) to request a ballot.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

- - - - -

Absentee Ballot Request

- -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- -

Blank Ballot To Voter

- -
Your faxed voter registration/ballot request form must be followed by your original, signed form in the mail - otherwise your application will not be valid. Although registration is not required, Massachusetts requires FPCA to be filled out entirely for ballot request. Massachusetts accepts "any other form of written communication" (more specific information outlined on state website) to request a ballot.