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Massachusetts Voting Guide

Find answers to your questions about voting in FindLaw's Massachusetts Voter Guide. On this page you will find information about voter eligibility, voter registration, required voter identification, and registration deadlines. You will also find links to help you locate your polling place.

Find answers to your questions about voting in the next Massachusetts election in FindLaw's Massachusetts Voter Guide. On this page, you will find information about voter eligibility requirements, the voter registration process and deadlines, what you need at the polls for identification, early voting and absentee voting, and special accommodations for voters with disabilities.

Am I eligible to vote in Massachusetts?

To be eligible to vote in Massachusetts, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age on Election Day, and a resident of Massachusetts. You can register to vote as soon as you move; there is no required residency period.

You can pre-register to vote as early as age 16. Then, when you turn 18, you are automatically registered to vote. Your local election office will mail you an acknowledgment notice, which is confirmation that your name has been moved to the list of registered voters. Your acknowledgment notice will include your party affiliation if you choose one, and the location of your polling place.

Note: You CANNOT register and vote if you are currently incarcerated for a felony offense.


Where Do I Vote?

Check here for your polling place. Polling places must be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. (although towns are allowed to open as early as 5:45 a.m.). For municipal elections, polling hours will vary by city and town. Check with your local election official for polling hours for your municipal election.

How to Register in Massachusetts

There are several ways to register to vote in Massachusetts. This includes registering:

In Person

You can register at any local election office, at the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office, and at some public assistance agencies.


You can register online at You will need your Massachusetts driver's license or state ID because your legal signature is on file in those systems.

At the DMV

Effective January 1, 2020, the Automatic Voter Registration process will be implemented as part of the Permit, License, or ID transaction for new applications and renewals.

By Mail

 You can download the voter registration form and print it out. Complete the form and deliver it to your local election official via mail. Use correct postage.

Massachusetts Voting Resources

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