Voting in Massachusetts

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Election Dates

11/08/2022
General Election Date
10/19/2022
Voter Registration Deadline (by mail - postmarked)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

08/29/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
09/06/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

08/27/2022
Early Voting Begins
09/02/2022
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in Massachusetts

Learn about all the options to vote in Massachusetts to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Massachusetts Board of Elections Phone Number: (617) 727-2828

Massachusetts Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Massachusetts

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Massachusetts.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

08/29/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
09/06/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in Massachusetts

This is a two step process.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. If you qualify, the deadline for your application to be received is August 29th.

  •  You may request your ballot here.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local elections office or designated dropbox by 8 p.m. on Sept. 6th.
  • Or mail your ballot. Ballots must be received by Sept. 6th to be counted. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot. After completing your ballot, put it into the return envelope provided by the state. Sign the affidavit provided with the return envelope.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

If you are voting with an absentee ballot, a family member or anyone who lives with you may return your ballot. If you are using a no-excuse early vote by mail ballot, only you may return your ballot.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in person ballot on Election Day.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Massachusetts does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your new ballot must be returned by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted. will be sent a new absentee ballot if sufficient time allows, and established absentee deadlines will apply.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Copy of photo ID
  • 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

Voter ID in Massachusetts

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Primaries

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at their address of record when they interact with certain state agencies. If you have moved, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

08/27/2022
Voting Begins
09/02/2022
Voting Ends

You can vote early in Massachusetts

Early voting (via in-person absentee) typically begins once ballots have been finalized and mailed, which is 21 days before Election Day. Contact your local election office for exact early voting dates and times.

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Massachusetts, you can preregister to vote if you are 16. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Massachusetts primaries if you are 17 by the next election.