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No owner, superintendent or overseer in any manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishment shall employ or permit to be employed therein any person entitled to vote at an election, during the period of two hours after the opening of the polls in the voting precinct, ward or town in which such person is entitled to vote, if he shall make application for leave of absence during such period.

2014 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
April 2014 Dates
5:00 PM, last day and hour to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signaturesApril 29, 2014 -
May 2014 Dates
5:00 PM, last day and hour to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signaturesMay 6, 2014 -
June 2014 Dates
Filing deadline for primary Ballot accessJune 3, 2014 -
July 2014 Dates
5:00 PM, last day and hour to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signaturesJuly 29, 2014 -
August 2014 Dates
9:00AM to 8:00 PM, last day to register to vote andtochange party enrollment for the State Primaries (except intowns with fewer than 1500 voters, registration sessionsmust be held 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 8:00PM).August 20, 2014 -
Independent Filing deadline for General ElectionAugust 26, 2014
September 2014 Dates
Congressional PrimarySeptember 9, 2014
5:00 PM, last day and hour for all write-in or sticker candidates who won at the state primary to file a written acceptance of the nomination and Ethics Commission receiptSeptember 11, 2014
12:00 PM, last day and hour to file withdrawals of or objections to nominations at the state primaries.September 12, 2014 -
5:00 PM, last day and hour to fill vacancies caused by withdrawals at the state primaries.September 15, 2014
October 2014 Dates
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, last day to register to vote for the State Election (except in towns with fewer than 1,500 voters, registration sessions must be held 2:00 PM to 4:00PM and 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM).October 15, 2014
November 2014 Dates
The deadline to apply for absentee ballots is noon the day before the electionNovember 3, 2014 -
To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election DayNovember 4, 2014
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Polling Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • The minimum hours polls are open are set by state law, although city council and town selectmen actually set the hours in conjunction with these statutes and local ordinances and by-laws.
  • For state elections and city elections, polling locations must be open at least thirteen hours and for town elections, polling locations must be open at least four hours.
  • For state primaries, polling locations must be open at least thirteen hours.
  • For certain city preliminaries, the polling locations must be open at least six hours.

Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls

  • Because of a federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 passed by Congress, if you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election since registering by mail in 2003.
  • Acceptable identification must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote, for example: a current and valid driver's license, photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document showing your name and address.
  • If you do not provide such identification, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that you may only cast a provisional ballot which will be counted later, but only after your eligibility to vote has been determined
  • Additionally, an election officer, authorized to do so by the local election officials, may request any voter to present written identification.The requests must not discriminate in any way and may therefore be: entirely random, consistent, or based on reasonable suspicion. Id. Please note that there is no provision which permits observers to request identification from any voter or even to communicate with voters.

What to Do if a Problem Arises on Election Day

  • If a person encounters a problem at a polling location on Election Day, the person should approach the warden or the presiding officer with the issue. As the warden or presiding officer is in charge of the polling location, they should be able to resolve any issues. However, if the problem persists, a person should contact the city or town clerk who is the chief election officer of the municipality. If the problem is still not resolved, a person may contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division at 617-727-2828 or 1-800-462-8683.

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