How to vote in Massachusetts

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Massachusetts offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Massachusetts offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Massachusetts. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Massachusetts you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Massachusetts
  • be 18 years old on or before the next election
  • not have been convicted of corrupt practices in respect to elections
  • not be under guardianship with respect to voting
  • not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Massachusetts can look up where to vote on Massachusetts's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Massachusetts voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You may be asked to show identification if: you are voting for the first-time in Massachusetts, you are an inactive voter, you are casting a provisional or challenged ballot, or if the poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification. Acceptable forms include (must show your name and address): a MA driver's license or MA-issued ID card; recent utility bill; rent receipt; signed lease; a copy of a voter registration affidavit; or any other printed identification which contains the voter's name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you're a first-time voter who is unable to present ID when you check in, you may vote a provisional ballot and return with acceptable ID by close of polls. If you're asked for ID for any other reason, and are not able to present ID in such a situation, you must still be permitted to vote; however, your ballot must be challenged. Your ballot will be cast normally, and will only be re-examined in the case of a recount, court order, or audit.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday, November 2.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Massachusetts.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Massachusetts's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The early voting period runs from Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday, November 2.

Election contact information for Massachusetts

Address:
Secretary of State
McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Room 1705
Boston, MA 02108

Phone Number:
800-462-8683