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Massachusetts Elections Schedule

Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-9:00 PM

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2016 - Presidential Primary
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PMFebruary 29, 2016
Absentee Ballot Return Deadline - By 8 PMMarch 1, 2016
September 8, 2016 - State Primary Election Day
Primary: Last day for a person running in a state primary to enroll in a party or for a person running only in a state election to unenroll from a party March 8, 2016
Primary: 5:00 p.m., last day and hour to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signatures. May 10, 2016
Primary: 5:00 p.m., last day and hour to file nomination papers (including party enrollment or voter registration certificate and Ethics Commission receipt) with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. June 7, 2016
Primary: 5:00 p.m., last day and hour to file withdrawals of or objections to nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.June 10, 2016
Primary: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment for the State Primaries (except in towns with fewer than 1500 voters registration sessions must be held 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). August 31, 2016
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PMSeptember 7, 2016
Absentee Ballot Return Deadline - By 8 PMSeptember 8, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General election Day
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline - By 12 PMNovember 7, 2016
Absentee Ballot Return By Mail/Email/Online or Fax - By 8 PMNovember 8, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Amherst Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Alisa Brewer - Population(37,819)
  • Arlington Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kevin F. Greeley - Population(42,844)
  • Chelmsford Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Matt Hanson - Population(33,802)
  • Dartmouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Shawn D. McDonald - Population(34,032)
  • Framingham Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Charles Sisitsky - Population(68,318)
  • Natick Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Charles M. Hughes - Population(33,006)
April 5, 2016
  • Billerica Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: John J. Piscatelli - Population(40,243)
April 19, 2016
  • Andover Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Mary T. O'Donoghue - Population(33,201)
    May Mayor Elect takes office 5/11/2015.
  • Brookline Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Neil Wishinsky - Population(58,732)
  • Plymouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kenneth A. Tavares - Population(56,468)
  • Shrewsbury Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: James F. Kane - Population(35,608)
May 10, 2016
  • Falmouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Doug Jones - Population(31,531)
June 7, 2016

In all state elections and primaries, polling places must be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., though towns are allowed to open as early as 5:45 a.m. Voters who are in line when polls are closed at 8 p.m. must be allowed to vote. For municipal elections, polling hours will vary by city and town. Check with your local election official for polling hours for your municipal election.

You may be asked to show identification at the check-in table for any of the following reasons:

  • You are voting for the first time in Massachusetts in a federal election;
  • You are an inactive voter;
  • You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
  • The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.

You will not be required to present photo identification. For a full listing of acceptable forms of identification, please see our page on Identification.

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Massachusetts Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)



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.

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