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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.
Excuse required to vote by mail.
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.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 (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.
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.