Requirements to vote:
18 years old on or by Election Day.
Not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.
How do I register?
In the state of Massachusetts, you can register to vote online, via mail, or in person.
To register online, go to https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/. In order to do so, you must have a signature on file with the DMV by having a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or a state ID card.
The deadline to register online is 20 days before Election Day.
To register via mail, fill out a voter registration form and mail it to your local county official. You can find the form at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/Voter-reg-mail-in.pdf. You can find your local official at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm.
To find forms in other languages, go to https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.
The deadline to register via mail is 20 days before Election Day. Your form must be postmarked by the deadline.
To register in person, go to a local election office, the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office, or a DMV. You can find your local office at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleclk/clkidx.htm. You can find the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/seccon.htm.
You don’t need to be affiliated with a political party to vote in either the primary or the general election. However, if you do register with a party, you can only vote on that party’s ballot. If you do not affiliate yourself with a party, you can vote in the primary of your choice.
If you have legally changed your name, moved to a new address, or would like to change your party affiliation, you must submit a new voter registration form. If you have moved after the deadline to register, you may return to your previous polling place and vote there. You are allowed to vote from a previous address in a state election for up to six months after you have moved as long as you have not registered elsewhere.
Can I pre-register?
You can pre-register if you are 16 years old and will be 18 by the general election.