State Voting Information - Massachusetts
Primary/Caucus Dates: 03/01/2016
Election Day: 11/08/2016
Primary Status: Closed
Registration Deadline: 2/10/2016
Procedure: Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in its primary. Unaffiliated voters may vote in either party’s primary and remain unaffiliated. See Massachusetts Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.
Registration Deadline: 8/31/2016
What’s on the state primary ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
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Voter ID Requirements
Voter ID Requirements – Massachusetts
Do 1st time voters need ID?: Yes, if registered by mail, and copy of ID was not sent with registration and if ID numbers were not verified by the state*
Do all voters need ID?: No
Student ID accepted?: Typically no, unless your student ID shows your address
What forms of ID are acceptable?
- A Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card
- A utility bill
- A government-issued check
- A paycheck or paystub
- Any other official document bearing the voter’s name and address
- Please note that passports, birth certificates, naturalization papers, and student IDs without addresses are not acceptable forms of identification
*The state encourages first time voters to bring identification with proof of MA residency to the polling place, as well.
Early Voting And Absentee Voting
Early Voting and Absentee Voting – Massachusetts
Voters may apply for and submit an absentee ballot by mail, if they meet one of the state’s criteria for doing so. For information on “qualified excuses” and applying for and submitting an absentee ballot by mail, please click here.
Absentee ballot applications must be received by noon on the day before the election but we highly recommend that voters apply for absentee ballots at least one month before the election. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the close of polls on election day unless the voter is out of the country. If the voter is outside of the country, their ballot must be postmarked before election day and received no later than 10 days after the election.
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