Helpful Voting Links — Massachusetts
For voting information specific to your state, click on the links below or in the blue or grey boxes. Or, browse the options below for an extensive directory of additional resources.
Primary/Caucus Info — Massachusetts
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.
What's on the ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
See Where Your Elected Officials Stand — Massachusetts
Voter ID Requirements — Massachusetts
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.See ID Requirements for All States
Early & Absentee Voting — MassachusettsRequest an Absentee Ballot
The November 2016 election cycle will include Massachusetts' first early voting period. Any voter may elect to vote early at designated locations. As of March 2016 early voting sites and dates have not been released.
Early voting will only be available for November elections every two years. The absentee voting details below apply to all other elections.
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.