Voter Registration In Massachusetts
Who Can Register In Massachusetts
To register to vote in Massachusetts, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be at least 16 years old
- Not be currently incarcerated for conviction of a felony
You must register to vote at least 20 days before the election or regular town meeting you wish to vote in. For special town meetings, the deadline is 10 days before the meeting.
Massachusetts Election Day Registration
Massachusetts does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Massachusetts when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
Massachusetts automatically restores the right to vote upon completion of sentence.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Massachusetts
Where To Vote In Massachusetts
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
Voters can typically only vote absentee in Massachusetts with an approved excuse. During COVID-19, all voters are eligible to vote absentee.
To request an absentee ballot in Massachusetts, complete the PDF application and submit it by mail, email, or fax to your local elections office. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted by mail. If submitting the application via email or fax, a scanned version of the signature or an e-signature is sufficient.
Click here to track your Massachusetts absentee ballot.
To return your Massachusetts absentee ballot, mail it back or return it in person to your local elections office. If your city or town has provided a secure ballot drop box, ballots can also be submitted to that drop box.
Early Voting In Massachusetts
Massachusetts offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before the election and ends 4 days before the election. Early voting is not available for municipal elections.
Primary Elections In Massachusetts
Massachusetts has open primaries. Registered unaffiliated voters may choose one party's primary ballot to vote on and will remain unaffiliated for future elections. Voters enrolled with a party must vote in their party’s primary. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Massachusetts
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is usually not required to vote in Massachusetts. However, you may be asked to show identification when you check-in at your polling place for any of the following reasons:
- You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election;
- You are an inactive voter;
- You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
- The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.
Valid forms of ID include:
- driver's license;
- state-issued ID card;
- recent utility bill;
- rent receipt;
- copy of a voter registration affidavit;
- any other printed identification which contains the voter's name and address.
If you are voting for the first time in a federal election in Massachusetts after registering to vote by mail, you may be required to show identification under federal law. It is recommended that you include a copy of your identification with your mail-in voter registration form; if you choose not to do so, you may be asked for identification when you go to your polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to present identification when you check-in, you may cast a provisional ballot and return later with identification. If you do not return with acceptable identification by close of polls, your ballot cannot be counted.
You may also be asked to show identification if you are on the list of inactive voters or if a poll worker has reasonable cause to request it. If you are not able to present identification in such a situation, you must still be permitted to vote; however, your ballot must be challenged. This means that your name and address, the name and address of the challenger, and the reason for the challenge must be written on your ballot. You ballot will be cast normally, and will only be re-examined in the case of a recount, court order, or audit.
Additional Massachusetts Resources
Your State Election Official
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
William Francis Galvin
Phone number: 617.727.2828