State Voting Information - Massachusetts


Voter Registration Deadline (by mail): 10/08/2016
Primary/Caucus Dates: 03/01/2016
Election Day: 11/08/2016
Primary Status: Closed




Date: 3/1/2016
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.


Date: 9/20/2016
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

Qualified voters may submit absentee ballots in-person at their town clerk’s office once ballots are available. A list of town clerks can be found here.

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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Massachusetts provides a comprehensive voter information hub where you can find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, verify your voter registration status, or answer almost any voting-related question. Choose by state or information category.

This resource represents HeadCount's best effort to provide the public with accurate voting information. If you have questions or require more information please visit your state election website, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

HeadCount provides voter registration assistance on a strictly nonpartisan basis to any U.S. citizen age 18 or over without regard to political affiliation, race, religion, or age. HeadCount does not endorse, support or coordinate with any political party or candidates for elected office, or take positions on any ballot initiatives.