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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.

Election Details

Visit the Massachusetts Election Website or call (617) 727-2828 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Massachusetts

Don’t miss your next election!

Massachusetts will hold its state primary election on Sep. 1st.

Due to a recent change in state law, Massachusetts has established no-excuse mail-in voting for 2020. All registered voters are eligible to vote by mail. Voters will receive a mail-in ballot request in the mail. To vote by mail, you must submit by Aug. 26th. We recommend applying as soon as possible.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Massachusetts:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, Sept. 1st. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state gives you the opportunity to "cure" any challenge to your ballot. This means if there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. If your ballot is received before Election Day, your clerk will notify you and send you a new ballot. Be sure to check your mail and messages (phone and email) for incoming communication from your election's office to have the opportunity to cure.

Presidential Primaries

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.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Aug. 22nd to Aug. 28th

To vote by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for a mail-in ballot no later than Aug. 26th at noon. Then, when you complete your ballot, it must be received by Election Day.

In July, Massachusetts changed its state law to no-excuse mail-in voting, opening voting by mail as an option for all registered voters for 2020. For the September and November elections, all registered voters will receive an application to request a ballot in the mail. You must return this application to receive a ballot in the mail.

If you are newly registered, or did not receive a ballot application in the mail, you must request one directly.

The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for multiple elections during the calendar year.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for Massachusetts

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.

  • Pre-registration

    • 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.