Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

    Voter registration requirements and deadlines. Register to vote

  • How To: Vote

    Find out how, where, and when to vote. How to vote

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Get Out The Vote!

How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card and a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
    Starting Aug 1, 2016, you may pre-register if you’re at least 16 years old
  • Live at a Massachusetts address
  • Not be under guardianship or incarcerated in a correctional facility due to a felony conviction
  • Not be temporarily or permanently disqualified from voting because of corrupt practices in respect to elections

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 24–Nov 4

Contact your local election official for locations and times.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

In some towns, voting may begin as early as 5:45AM

Be sure to bring an accepted form of ID, if required.


Who can vote early

Any voter registered in Massachusetts is eligible to vote early in person.

Absentee ballot received by

November 6


Vote on Election Day

November 6

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Massachusetts. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a Massachusetts resident
  • Be 18 before or on Nov 6
  • Not incarcerated for a felony on Election Day

ID requirements

You may need to show ID if one of the following applies to you:

  • You’re voting for the first time in Massachusetts
  • Your registration status is inactive because you haven’t voted recently
  • The poll worker has some reasonable suspicion that leads them to request ID
  • You have to complete a provisional or challenged ballot at the polls

If asked to show an ID to a poll worker, you may show one of the following documents that shows your name and address:

  • A Massachusetts driver’s license
  • A Massachusetts-issued ID
  • A recent utility bill
  • A signed lease
  • A rent receipt
  • A sworn statement that you’re a registered, active voter
  • Any other document showing your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions