How & Where to Vote
Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.
Register to Vote
Register to vote in Massachusetts, or learn more about voter ID & rights.
Have more questions about voting?
Read our voting FAQ
Important Dates - State Primary
Voting Information for Massachusetts
Don’t miss your next election!
Massachusetts will hold its state primary election on Sep. 1st. If you would prefer to vote-by-mail, you must submit an absentee ballot application by Aug. 31st, excuse required.
If you are registered with the Republican or Democratic party, you are only allowed to vote in their primaries. If you are unaffiliated with a political party, you may select either party’s ballot at the polls and remain unaffiliated. See Massachusetts Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.Find Your Representatives
Early Voting + Absentee Voting
Early Voting Dates: No early voting for state primaries.
To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than Aug. 31st at noon. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.
The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for multiple elections during the calendar year, excuse required.
Voter ID + Eligibility for Massachusetts
Do Voters Need ID?
- No, voters do not need an ID
- First time voters need ID
Find out more about your rights in Massachusetts.
- The pre-registration age is 16
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.