State of Massachusetts Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Massachusetts State Primary Election held on Tue Sep 1, 2020

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Request

Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Sep 1, 2020 8:00pm EDT

In-Person Absentee Voting

none on record

Early Voting

Sat Aug 22, 2020 - Fri Aug 28, 2020

Massachusetts General Election held on Tue Nov 3, 2020

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:00pm EDT
  • Post received by Fri Nov 6, 2020

Absentee Ballot Request

Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020
  • In-Person, Received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 8:00pm

In-Person Absentee Voting

none on record

Early Voting

Sat Oct 17, 2020 - Fri Oct 30, 2020

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 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 now allowed for any election held on or before June 30, 2020. Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required.

Absentee Voting

As of July 1, 2020, any registered voter may request an Absentee Ballot.

A Vote by Mail application will be mailed to every person who was registered to vote by July 1 and who had not already requested an absentee ballot for the State Primary or for all elections this year. A second mailing will be sent out in September to all voters who have not already applied for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November election.

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

- -

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

Massachusetts State Primary Election held on Tue Sep 1, 2020

Type

Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:00pm EDT Received by Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:00pm EDT

Ballot Return

  • Post received by Tue Sep 1, 2020 8:00pm EDT
  • Email or Fax by Tue Sep 1, 2020 8:00pm EDT
  • Post received by Tue Sep 1, 2020 8:00pm EDT
  • Email or Fax by Tue Sep 1, 2020 8:00pm EDT

Massachusetts General Election held on Tue Nov 3, 2020

Type

Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Not Required Not Required

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 2, 2020 12:00pm EST Received by Mon Nov 2, 2020 12:00pm EST

Ballot Return

  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 3, 2020 5:00pm EST
  • Post received by Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:00pm EST
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 3, 2020 5:00pm EST
  • Post received by Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:00pm EST

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.